Restoring Mobility After A Stroke: Prosthetics

This article is sourced from Ottobock Healthcare.

Several hundred thousand people are affected by a stroke in Europe each year – and the numbers continue to rise due to demographic trends.

With a broad product portfolio, Ottobock has specialised in providing fittings for patients after a stroke.

The goal is to promote rehabilitation and follow-up and provide customised fittings for those affected, thereby giving them the opportunity to continue being an active part of society – according to their personal capabilities. Neurexa is a product line designed for the treatment of patients after a stroke. It promotes active movement and includes orthoses for the shoulder, knee and hand and now for the foot, too.

One-third of all stroke patients’ shoulders are affected because the ligaments are frequently weakened by the muscular paralysis. The Omo Neurexa positions the shoulder by re-centring the head of the humerus in the shoulder joint socket. The user’s body posture and balance are improved, while enhanced sensorimotor control and positioning of the shoulder joint and arm help to relieve pain.

Many stroke patients also suffer from dorsiflexor weakness. Due to paralysis of the muscles, the foot is not set down heel first, but instead with the forefoot or entire sole. Ottobock offers an especially broad product range for this clinical picture. Very individual patient criteria can be crucial in selecting the right product. In addition to the WalkOn orthoses, the Neurexa line was expanded to include the Malleo Neurexapro ankle foot orthosis. The dorsiflexion assist orthosis is based on a proven principle, supporting dorsiflexion and thereby contributing significantly to a secure and physiological gait pattern. It can also be worn during the day and at night.

A further product designed to treat foot drop is the SAFO (silicone ankle foot orthosis). This skin-friendly silicone orthosis, which is custom made, is a useful supplement to many users’ existing orthotic fittings as it can be worn without a shoe at home, in wet areas and even when swimming. Thanks to the free heel in combination with the slim and flexible sole, the SAFO facilitates a proprioceptive effect, which gives the patient a high degree of security in everyday life.

Good stability is ensured by the customised production of the orthosis;there are no inconvenient closures and a hook-and-loop system makes it easier to put on and take off. The SAFO orthosis is available either from Ottobock or the Dorset

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The goal is to promote rehabilitation and follow-up and provide customised fittings for those affected, thereby giving them the opportunity to continue being an active part of society – according to their personal capabilities.

Source: Dialog – The Magazine of OttoBock HealthCare
Trade Fair Special · June 2015 (Sourced with permission)