Until now, you and your patients had very few choices for people with indications like incomplete spinal cord injury, weakness or paresis of the quadriceps, and post-polio syndrome. Now, instead of settling for a locking joint, you can fit the Ottobock C-Brace® system.
Among the many benefits, patients most value the ability to change speeds, to walk with controlled knee flexion, and to move more efficiently. In daily life, that means a walk in the park can be just that. A patient can trust their knee to support them on all types of terrain, and they can spend their energy and attention enjoying the day.
This dramatic increase in function is possible through real-time gait analysis and goes far beyond simply locking and unlocking the knee joint. Patients experience support throughout the gait cycle as the system automatically adjusts to prepare for the next movement.
|Ottobock C-Brace® System Gait Training Videos|
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- Stumble Control: Resistance to uncontrolled knee flexion when sensors read a moment of
instability gives the time necessary to recover.
- Real-Time Gait Analysis: Every period of gait in the gait cycle is controlled dynamically and in
real time, allowing the patient to walk with more ease and less concentration — with less compensation of the sound side and torso.
- Standing and 2nd Mode: Additional modes allow for comfortable static standing and additional settings (for therapy or other activities).
- Stance Extension Damping: Progressive resistance allows natural movement to occur without uncontrolled and early knee and hip extension at Terminal Stance, resulting in a more natural movement without abrupt changes to the center of gravity, lower back and lower limb joints.
- Stance Flexion Damping: Controlled, partial knee flexion while weight bearing allows the patient to exhibit knee control when walking down hills and ramps, descending stairs step over step, and while sitting down into a chair.
Who benefits from orthotronic technology?
Combining real-time gait analysis, the energy redistributing properties of carbon fiber, and the ability to use software to customize the knee joints response creates the ideal situation for your patient. The system doesn’t walk for your patient — it helps normalize and free your patient to ambulate to their full potential.
Everyday life demands the ability to walk on uneven ground, to descend stairs and ramps, and to tackle slopes. Depending on your patient’s abilities, all of these obstacles become surmountable — with less energy expenditure and concentration — all while reducing wear and tear on the sound side.
Watch Christin's story. Incomplete paraplegia meant Christin was in a wheelchair for 4 years. Now, after therapy and using the C-Brace®, she is enjoying life upright.
The Orthotronic Mobility System can be considered for all neurological indications of the lower limbs. The primary indications include:
- Lower limb involvement with weakness or paresis of the quadriceps muscle or the inability to maintain knee extension during stance phase, e.g. incomplete paraplegia with segmental levels of L1 to L5 or polio, post-polio syndrome
- Moderate to severe lower limb spasticity
- Hip flexor strength of less than grade 3. Ability to advance the limb by compensatory trunk movement is permitted
- Fixed knee valgus greater than 10 degrees beyond anatomic neutral
- Fixed knee varus
- Less than 2 degrees of relative ankle dorsiflexion
- Body weight over 125 kg/275 lbs
Find Orthotronic Mobility System Training under 'Orthotics' at Academy Training Courses.