Otto Bock HealthCare Deutschland GmbH

Max-Näder-Str. 15, 37115 Duderstadt
Germany
Telephone +49 5527 848-0
Fax +49 5527 8481414
healthcare@ottobock.de

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REHACARE 2018 hall map (Hall 6): stand A37

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REHACARE 2018 fairground map: Hall 6

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 04  Aids for children
  • 04.04  E-wheelchairs for kids

E-wheelchairs for kids

  • 04  Aids for children
  • 04.06  Walking aids, rollators and crutches for kids

Walking aids, rollators and crutches for kids

  • 04  Aids for children
  • 04.09  Wheelchairs, vehicles and accessories for kids

Wheelchairs, vehicles and accessories for kids

  • 04  Aids for children
  • 04.15  Prams and rehabilitation buggies for kids

Prams and rehabilitation buggies for kids

  • 07  Mobility and walking aids
  • 07.02  Wheelchairs and vehicles
  • 07.02.04  Electric wheelchairs and power wheelchairs

Electric wheelchairs and power wheelchairs

  • 07  Mobility and walking aids
  • 07.02  Wheelchairs and vehicles
  • 07.02.08  Control and steering units for wheelchairs

Control and steering units for wheelchairs

  • 07  Mobility and walking aids
  • 07.02  Wheelchairs and vehicles
  • 07.02.09  Wheels, castors

Wheels, castors

  • 07  Mobility and walking aids
  • 07.02  Wheelchairs and vehicles
  • 07.02.10  Mechanically driven wheelchairs and push wheelchairs

Mechanically driven wheelchairs and push wheelchairs

  • 07  Mobility and walking aids
  • 07.02  Wheelchairs and vehicles
  • 07.02.15  Seats, cushions, moulded seats and accessories

Seats, cushions, moulded seats and accessories

  • 07  Mobility and walking aids
  • 07.02  Wheelchairs and vehicles
  • 07.02.16  Wheelchairs and cars for people with cerebral palsy

Wheelchairs and cars for people with cerebral palsy

  • 07  Mobility and walking aids
  • 07.02  Wheelchairs and vehicles
  • 07.02.17  Sport wheelchairs and allterrain wheelchairs

Sport wheelchairs and allterrain wheelchairs

  • 07  Mobility and walking aids
  • 07.02  Wheelchairs and vehicles
  • 07.02.18  Standing wheelchairs

Standing wheelchairs

  • 08  Orthopedic aids
  • 08.03  Orthoses and harnesses for extremities

Orthoses and harnesses for extremities

  • 08  Orthopedic aids
  • 08.05  Prostheses and prosthetic systems for the extremities

Prostheses and prosthetic systems for the extremities

  • 09  Nursing care for in-patient and homecare
  • 09.01  Antidecubitus aids

Antidecubitus aids

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Sep 18, 2018

"I fought my way back, bit by bit."

Dirk wears the L300 Go with functional electrical stimulation for drop foot

Dirk suffered a stroke at the age of 43. "Everything changed, I was unable to move about and could no longer speak properly," the Cologne native recalls. Dirk fought his way back into life with the help of family, friends, physicians and therapists – even though his prognosis was initially poor. “I fought my way back, bit by bit. I didn’t give up or let myself get discouraged,” Dirk says. 

Dirk was in a wheelchair when he was discharged from his first session of early rehabilitation. "But I live on the 3rd floor of an old building with my wife and our three children. I had to manage that, and I worked towards this during my rehabilitation.” Dirk succeeded – soon he was able to go up the three floors on his own.

After subsequent rehabilitation sessions, Dirk, who suffers from drop foot due to the stroke, tested a product with functional electrical stimulation (FES). The L300 Go system stimulates the nerves using electric impulses applied on the surface of the skin. It activates the muscles that lift the foot – so the patient can walk more quickly and smoothly, thereby also managing to cover longer distances. “The system has given me back a great deal of freedom,” Dirk says. "I can walk my dog again and even go hiking."

As an educator, Dirk is always on the go. Working with children and adolescents, he frequently spends time outdoors and simply has to be mobile and spontaneous. Dirk reports, “I don’t stumble anymore, and I walk much more naturally – not from the hip as I used to, which I’ve noticed has also resulted in less back pain. Above all, the L300 Go gives me safety, for example when negotiating stairs. I am also completely free in terms of my choice of shoes, regardless of whether I’m wearing hiking boots, lightweight trainers in the summer or sturdy winter shoes."

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Sep 18, 2018

Functional electrical stimulation for drop foot

Fitting with the L300 Go system

Ottobock offers a product that works on the basis of functional electrical stimulation (FES) to provide customised fittings for patients with drop foot – the L300 Go system from Bioness.

The L300 Go system is a multi-channel system. A single electrode controls two stimulation channels for balanced dorsiflexion. Very fine inversion, eversion and dorsiflexion settings can be configured. The user can use one hand to position the surface stimulator and the electrode with a cuff on the lower leg. No foot sensor is required thanks to an intelligent 3D motion detection feature. The system continuously adjusts to the changes in the gait pattern and reliably generates a stimulation impulse to perform dorsiflexion at the appropriate time. In the event of instability of the knee, the L300 Go can also be used with an additional surface stimulator and a cuff on the thigh.

The system can generally help support muscle rehabilitation, prevent or delay muscle atrophy, maintain and expand the joints’ range of motion and promote local blood flow. A smartphone app allows users to control the system and measure their activity, such as their number of steps.

L300 Go at Rehacare 2018
At exhibition stand A37 in hall 6 at the Messe Düsseldorf trade show, Ottobock is offering a quick test for visitors with drop foot. This can rapidly determine whether functional electrical stimulation with the L300 Go system is an option for them.

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Sep 18, 2018

C-Brace® orthotronic mobility system

Intelligent computer technology supports the stance and swing phase

The C-Brace® can be used in the event of neurological disorders of the lower limbs, such as incomplete paraplegia or polio. With such disorders, users have so far had to walk either with paralysis orthoses that are locked during the entire motion sequence, or with stance control orthoses (SCOs). These are locked as soon as the user steps down with the leg, and unlock in the swing phase.

The C-Brace® is the world’s only SSCO®* orthotronic mobility system, which uses integrated computer technology to intelligently control both the stance and swing phase. The special feature is that users can bend their knee under load. This allows them to walk more naturally on inclines or over uneven terrain, to go down stairs step-over-step and to sit down. The innovative sensor technology supports the user during the entire gait cycle, and the C-Brace® adapts to each movement in everyday situations in real time.

The second generation of the microprocessor-controlled orthotronic mobility system was released in July 2018. This system includes extensive new features for both technicians and users. In particular, the user benefits from further improvements to the sensor technology that make the C-Brace® intuitive to use. The entire motion sequence is more dynamic and natural. Test users appeared excited about the new walking experience. The joint unit is now also much smaller and lighter than the predecessor version, so it can even be worn under clothing.

Users can make minor changes to the system within a specified safety range using a smartphone app. Medical supply companies – with certification – are now able to assemble the C-Brace® themselves using one of two fabrication methods (prepreg or with Orthopox epoxy resin). With a specially developed app, the technician adapts the C-Brace® in easy steps. 

* SSCO = Stance and Swing Phase Control Orthosis

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Sep 18, 2018

"Finally walking safely"

Wolfgang's new life with the computer-controlled C-Brace® leg orthosis

Wolfgang contracted polio at the age of eight, and his right leg was paralysed as a result. “I was very athletic before my illness, but was then confined to a wheelchair at times, and had to walk with an old-fashioned splint apparatus as a child. But since it did not allow me to walk very well, I took up swimming.” Later the native of Cologne discovered his passion for horses and riding. 

The effects of post-polio syndrome emerged when he was 40, making many everyday things even more challenging for Wolfgang. “Before that, there were times when I could walk without using walking aids and also go riding, but after that I couldn’t anymore,” the now 68-year-old reports. He also suffered falls and several serious leg fractures in the years that followed. 

“When I was fitted with the first generation of the C-Brace in 2012, I felt safe again for the first time in a long time,” Wolfgang says. “It’s probably difficult for others to imagine how valuable that is.” Being able to walk smoothly and stepping down gently on an unlocked leg are key. But the most important thing is being supported even when there are tripping hazards, as he knows the orthosis will “catch” him so to speak. 

Wolfgang has now been wearing the new generation of the C-Brace since May of 2018. “The basic functions are the same. I can negotiate stairs and ramps,” he says. “But what’s really special about the new C-Brace is that it reacts even faster and is more intuitive. It responds to the slightest change in position and I really feel that my orthosis knows what I’m doing and how I’ll move ahead of time.” Wolfgang no longer thinks about his orthosis at all, it is just there. “I like putting it on in the morning and taking it off again at night. I ride again occasionally, I go biking and do Nordic walking and yoga. When I think about it, I don’t really feel that I have a disability anymore.”

Wolfgang also talks about his fate as part of a novel digital media campaign to be launched by Ottobock in conjunction with Rehacare 2018 on 26 September 2018. Conceived and realised by the VICE network, short videos and photos in documentary style show how users handle everyday life with the C-Brace. 

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Sep 18, 2018

"Modern technology got me back on my feet."

C-Brace® computer-controlled leg orthosis makes people mobile / Ottobock at Rehacare 2018

"Self-determined living" is the motto of this year's Rehacare, the International Trade Fair for Rehabilitation and Care from 26 to 29 September in Düsseldorf, Germany. At the Ottobock exhibition stand, Wolfgang demonstrates the importance of technology in this context with the new generation of the C-Brace paralysis orthosis.

Walking backwards, climbing stairs, negotiating rough terrain – what seems so simple was impossible for Wolfgang from Köln-Lindlar for around 50 years. He contracted polio at the age of eight, and his right leg was paralysed as a result. “I was very athletic before my illness, but was then confined to a wheelchair at times, and had to walk with an old-fashioned splint apparatus as a child," Wolfgang recalls. Since the now 68-year-old could not walk well, he took up swimming and discovered his passion for riding. The effects of post-polio syndrome emerged when he was 40, making many everyday things even more challenging for Wolfgang. He also suffered falls and several serious leg fractures in the years that followed.

A new attitude to life: walking without fear
Since 2012, Wolfgang can ride a bike again, do Nordic walking and yoga, and occasionally goes horseback riding again. This was made possible by the first generation of the C-Brace – the only paralysis orthosis in the world to control both the stance and the swing phase while walking. Sensors in the joint recognise the current phase of the user's gait cycle, and the microprocessor regulates the hydraulic resistance accordingly. "Without this support I would collapse, my leg is not able to support my body weight," Wolfgang explains. "Modern technology got me back on my feet and makes it possible for me to walk without fear." For Wolfgang, this safety means a new attitude towards life: "When I think about it, I don’t really feel that I have a disability anymore."

Wolfgang also talks about his fate as part of a novel digital media campaign, launched by Ottobock in conjunction with Rehacare 2018 on 26 September 2018. Conceived and realised by the VICE network, short videos and photos in documentary style show how users handle everyday life with the C-Brace.

Ottobock at Rehacare 2018
Ottobock presents its solutions for "Self-determined living" at exhibition stand A37 in hall 6 of the Düsseldorf trade show. The focus is on wheelchairs for various requirements, from power wheelchairs to wheelchairs for active use to sport wheelchairs. Examples of the innovations include the highly manoeuvrable Juvo power wheelchair with mid-wheel drive and the high-end Zenit R rigid-frame wheelchair for active users.

Visitors with neurological disorders of the lower limbs, such as incomplete paraplegia, can also test the C-Brace personally at the exhibition stand to decide whether the leg orthosis is suitable for them. Ottobock also offers a quick test for visitors with drop foot. This test can rapidly determine whether functional electrical stimulation with the L300 Go system is an option for them.

Background of the new C-Brace®
The new generation of the paralysis orthosis has been available from certified medical supply companies since July 2018. It is suitable for people with partial or total paralysis of the knee extensor musculature. The new C-Brace is considerably smaller and lighter than its predecessors, and enables an even more natural motion sequence. Furthermore, the orthotronic mobility system can be worn inconspicuously under clothing. Another advantage – the C-Brace is easy to operate using a smartphone app. This allows users to select a special mode for riding a bike, for example.

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All over the world, the name Ottobock is a synonym for high-quality and technologically outstanding medical technology products and services. The goal of helping to restore mobility to people with disabilities, and protect what mobility they have, stands behind each and every one of the company's products. Our conviction that quality of life is closely connected to a maximum of individual freedom and independence is a key concept that has been a major influence throughout the company's nearly 100-year history and guides the development of new products in a focused manner. The medical technology company Ottobock has seen stable growth for years: in 2017 sales rose to EUR 927,4 million, and the number of employees increased to over 7,000 worldwide. The company's international activities are coordinated from the head office in Duderstadt. The network of distribution and service companies in more than 50 countries means the company has a global presence which enables us to be close to our customers. With the four business areas of Prosthetics, Orthotics, Human Mobility (manual and power wheelchairs and rehab products) and MedicalCare, the company is ideally positioned and capable of offering its customers a range of products so wide it is nearly incomparable, perfectly harmonised solutions, and extensive services.

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