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Boston (medical term)

Boston (pronounced /ˈbɒstən/) is a term used in the medical field, particularly in relation to the Boston brace, a type of orthopedic brace primarily used in the treatment of scoliosis and kyphosis. The term is derived from the city of Boston, Massachusetts, where the brace was first developed.


The term "Boston" in the context of the Boston brace originates from the city of Boston in the United States. The brace was developed at the Boston Children's Hospital in the 1970s by an orthotist named John Hall and a team of medical professionals.

Related Terms

  • Boston brace: A type of orthopedic brace used to treat conditions such as scoliosis and kyphosis. It is a type of thoraco-lumbo-sacral-orthosis (TLSO) and is also known as a "underarm" brace because it fits under the arm and around the rib cage, lower back, and hips.
  • Scoliosis: A medical condition in which a person's spine has a sideways curve. The curve is usually "S"- or "C"-shaped over three dimensions. In some, the degree of curve is stable, while in others, it increases over time.
  • Kyphosis: A type of abnormal curvature of the spine. It results in an excessive outward curve of the spine, causing a hump-like appearance in the upper back.
  • Orthotics: A medical specialty that focuses on the design and application of orthoses, which are devices that support or correct the function of a limb or the torso.
  • John Hall: An orthotist known for his work in developing the Boston brace.

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