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New Options For Treating Cerebral Palsy Spasticity
Sep

28

2017

New Options For Treating Cerebral Palsy Spasticity

For nearly two decades, Ultraflex custom orthoses have provided the rehabilitation community with conservative management options for severe neuromuscular and/or orthopedic dysfunction. Recently, the company introduced two new joint mobilization systems for managing cerebral palsy-induced spasticity. The HOPe1 (Hip Orthosis, Pediatric) is a variation of the traditional A-Frame brace incorporating an Ultraflex joint mounted to solid knee orthoses or knee-ankle-foot orthoses at mid-calf with swivel...

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Above-Knee Amputee Gait Takes Another Step
Sep

28

2017

Above-Knee Amputee Gait Takes Another Step

Computerized knee componentry, possibly the major prosthetic technology breakthrough of the last decade, has taken another step forward with the introduction of the Rheo Knee™, a microprocessor-controlled swing and stance system that continuously samples and “learns” the user’s gait pattern and optimizes cadence response. The Rheo Knee thus joins the C-Leg and Adaptive Knee in the growing arena of microprocessor-actuated advanced knee componentry. The Rheo...

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Is ‘Prosthetic Parity’ A Good Thing?
Sep

27

2017

Is ‘Prosthetic Parity’ A Good Thing?

Never far from any discussion of advanced prosthetics and orthotics is the companion topic of cost and reimbursement. Like most new products providing new and improved capabilities, breakthrough prosthetic components like the C-Leg, Proprio Foot and Advanced Arm typically come with a hefty price tag and thus may be financially viable for only a small percentage of individuals with congenital or acquired limb loss. Obtaining insurance...

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Custom Socket Liners Fill In For Difficult Residual Limbs
Aug

30

2017

Custom Socket Liners Fill In For Difficult Residual Limbs

The introduction of gel socket liners in the early 1990s opened new vistas of comfort and improved prosthesis suspension for lower-limb amputees and spawned a steady stream of new liner designs and materials, which continues today. Most prosthetic liners are off-the-shelf products of uniform gel thickness throughout and available in various sizes. These products work well for most transtibial and some transfemoral amputees; however, those...

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Walter Reed, DARPA Pushing Prosthetic Horizon
Aug

28

2017

Walter Reed, DARPA Pushing Prosthetic Horizon

Recent componentry breakthroughs like those discussed on this website give testimony to new efforts to develop markedly improved prosthetic solutions for people with congenital and acquired limb deficiencies. As encouraging as these new systems might be, two major research initiatives now underway suggest, “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!” One program has evolved from efforts to provide a new level of restored function to military personnel...

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