Scoliosis Research Society (SRS)
An International Organization Dedicated to the Education, Research and Treatment of Spinal Deformity
Our Mission is to Foster Optimal Care for All Patients with Spinal Deformities
Glossary items beginning with T (6).
Thoracic (Dorsal) Spine - Twelve spinal segments (T1-T12) incorporating the 12 ribs of the thorax. Other than a slight increase in size from top to bottom, they are fairly uniform in appearance.
Thoracic Curvature - Any spinal curvature in which the apex of the curve is between the second and eleventh thoracic vertebrae.
Thoracolumbar Curve - Any spinal curvature that has its apex at the twelfth thoracic or first lumbar vertebra.
Thoracolumbosacral Orthosis (TLSO) - A type of brace immobilizing the thoracic lumbar and sacral spine. This may be used to help stabilize/ prevent progression of scoliosis curve(s) while a child is growing, or to immobilize the spine after surgery.
TLIF - Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion - A minimally invasive technique for performing an anterior fusion (front of the spine) of 2 vertebrae from a posterior approach.
Transition Syndrome - A degenerative change with bony instability above or below a previous fusion.