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What's New

 

We are coming back to Camrose!

Karl Hager Limb & Brace is proud to announce that we are coming back to

Camrose on August 17th at The Smith Clinic.

We are launching a new Pedorthic clinic which will focus on

the following patient treatments:

Prescription Need:

Funded By:

Custom Foot Orthotics

Private Pay or WCB

Custom Footwear

AADL or Private Pay or WCB

Shoe Modifications (i.e. lifts)

AADL or Private Pay or WCB

Compression Therapy

Private Pay

 

For appointments please call 1-800-387-5053 ext. 0.

 


Compression Socks

We are pleased to now offer VenoTrain medical compression socks from Bauerfeind. Various colours and
styles available for daily use and sport activities.

VenoTrain medical compression socks cover all uses/indications associated with modern compression therapy and also offer clinically proven effectiveness, unique material properties, and patient oriented modern designs.

The Perfect-Fit sizing system developed by Bauerfeind on the basis of digital leg measurements offers unique flexibility in ensuring that medical compression socks from the standard product range fit perfectly.

Spectra 3D Scanner
We Are Going Digital!
 
For the last two years there has been a heavy amount of research, discussion, and planning around bringing digital shape capture technology and foam carving technology to Karl Hager Limb & Brace. This type of CAD/CAM technology would replace the traditional way of casting a person’s limb and then using plaster to create a positive shape of the limb. This positive mold is what is used to manufacture the custom brace today.
 
After some exhaustive research and planning the day has finally come. We are in the process of adopting this new technology from Vorum Research, a Vancouver based company who have been leaders in this industry for over 25 years. This hand held 3D blue light scanner will replace the traditional way of wrapping casting tape around the patient’s limb. It uses a high quality LED projector and single camera to capture the 3D image. The scanning software provides immediate feedback and allows us to move and rotate the image, delete data we don’t want, or restart a scan from anywhere. The data from the 3D scanner is transferred to the computer software program to build the shape required for manufacturing. This special scanner allows us to scan any part of the body from head to toe and does so very efficiently.

The very unique part of this technology is the modification software we use to modify the shape, preparing it to be carved out of foam with a 3 axis carver. The Canfit software is loaded with interactive design tools and controls to help us modify the shape, assess fit, and prepare the positive model for manufacturing. We work directly on the scanned 3D shape and see all the modifications in real time while having the original shape to refer back to while making these changes. We can integrate and align photos and x-rays to the 3D scan to have actual reference to make specific modifications. This provides the upmost accuracy to changes we make.

The last piece of technology we have invested in is the 3-axis carver which brings all this work to life. This carver allows us to carve a wide range of prosthetic and orthotic positive shapes quickly and effectively. We load a specified carving foam block into the carver and the patient file to carve. The carver software program allows us to prepare the carving and once ready we simply press start and the foam block will automatically be positioned and carved. The foam block rotates while the carver removes material leaving the patient’s positive mold which is then used to manufacture the specific device required.

Carbon IQ KAFO

Knee Ankle Foot Orthoses (KAFO)

There are many options when treating a patient who requires a KAFO.  Through our lightweight prepreg carbon fiber bracing options we offer systems which are not offered anywhere else.  Bracing design options often include considering what plastic, carbon fiber, joint system, strapping system, etc. to utilize within the final bracing device.  We often look at what benefits each design may offer but overall we want to achieve one thing.  We want to provide something to the patient that will allow them to have the freedom to move with confidence.

Some new joint systems and bracing options are the Carbon IQ joint system and the C-Brace stance and swing phase control orthosis (SSCO).  The Carbon IQ joint system uses a proven technical thermoplastic strengthened with carbon fiber.  Offering both the benefits of plastic and carbon unified to form an innovative, high quality material combination for knee and ankle joints.  Used in combination with our prepreg carbon fiber laminations there is no lighter or supportive system available.  The C-Brace features are as follows:

- 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.

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

Contraindications:

- 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

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