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 dont 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.