A TLSO Back Brace helps Matthew play, eat and do his school work. He tires much faster if not using his brace due to lack of muscle. He will fall over and slouch if not wearing. Matthew has worn a back brace since he was 1 yrs old. He knows it helps him a great deal and will ask to wear it. He has had about 12 made.
The making of his brace: 7:30 am we arrive for all castings. Matthew is placed on a small strap that is attached to a special table. Matthew has several hands holding him in place.
A chin strap is cinched tight to keep him aligned. Matthew is stretched from head to toe and is holding very still.
The plaster gauze is wrapped around Matthews Torso by Marvin from Valley Orthopedic.
There is a previous x-ray so he can judge how to make the brace.After the mold has dried and hardened, Matt is pushed off to x-ray to double check the casting.
Matthew get his brace cut off and the mold is finished. It is sent off with Marvin for the final product. It is made from a soft foam material, He cuts, trims and sews the brace together and adds Velcro straps and gets the fit just right every time.
Thank you Marvin for 9 great yrs and 12 awesome fitting back braces!!!
and Thank you to Matthews Doctor, Dr Osebold at Shriners Hospital.
He prefers to be in the casting room unlike other doctors.. He is there to give support to Matthew and a helping hand and advice. The assistant is always very helpful and caring and is very respectful also.