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About Karl Hager Limb & Brace

Karl Hager founded Karl Hager Limb & Brace Ltd. in 1977.  Following the sudden and unfortunate passing of Mr. Hager, the company was operated on a part time basis in an attempt to service Mr. Hager's clients. Though his clients were cared for effectively and attentively, the growing business required full time concentration. In 1979 Mr. Frank Hayday purchased the company from Mr. Hager's estate and has been operating the business since.

Since that time the company has continued to grow, striving to honour the original intent of Mr. Hager; provide the highest quality Orthotic and Prosthetic care to its clients. A branch office was opened in Kelowna in 1986 to better serve the British Columbia population. This branch was further expanded with a satellite facility in Castlegar, British Columbia in 1995. In order for these three facilities to best serve remote populations, monthly, out-of-town clinics have been, and continue to be, established throughout Alberta and British Columbia.
Though Karl Hager Limb & Brace is a full service Prosthetic, Orthotic, and Custom Footwear company, it has become very well known over the years for its custom-made knee orthoses that are designed and manufactured in Edmonton since 1982. The T.C.K.O. was our first design then followed by the Double X graphite knee Orthosis in 1986. The Flex X and Neutralizer thermo molded knee orthoses were released in 1995, and then the Accelerator Graphite knee Orthosis in 1997.  The Blade Runner was designed in 2003 with the Victory being our newest brace fabricated utilizing new techniques and advanced carbon fibre materials.

Karl Hager Limb & Brace Ltd. has seen many changes over the years. Our company has endeavoured to provide disabled Canadians with the best available, "Technology for Motion." We pride ourselves on the service and products we provide. This attribute has been the largest contributor to client and corporate success. With this shared vision the team at Karl Hager Limb & Brace is confident that it can continue to provide "Technology for Motion" for Canadians well into the years to come.

Core Purpose:

Enrich lives through solutions to maximize human potential.

 What Does The Field Of Orthotics Entail?

The field of orthotics is an area of medicine specializing in the design, fabrication and fitting of orthoses (braces).

Certified Orthotists (C.O.) evaluate and design solutions for patients requiring an orthosis due to muscle/bone impairment, disease or deformity. Their primary goal is to restore mobility and to prevent or limit disability. Prescribed orthoses can provide support to those with fractures, ligament tears, and spinal cord injuries, and limit the effects of challenges resulting from birth complications such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida. Some examples of orthoses include knee braces, elbow supports, ankle, foot or leg braces, and spinal and neck braces.

Certified Orthotists take a holistic approach to their patients, carefully analyzing the chronic problem or injury as well as the underlying cause. With a thorough understanding of the disability and patient lifestyle through physical and biomechanical assessment as well as gait analysis, they can then design and manufacture the appropriate support.

Orthotists are highly trained, certified experts in the specialized science of custom orthoses. You can be confident that our certified staff is up to date in today’s technology through mandatory professional development and ongoing certification requirements.  In-depth technical and clinical training is required, as well as an extended internship period prior to receiving certification in Canada.

What Does The Field Of Prosthetics Entail?

The field of prosthetics is the branch of medicine involving the design, fabrication, fitting and use of artificial body parts (prostheses) intended to replace a portion of the body absent at birth or lost through amputation.

A Prosthetist’s goal is to return the patient to the highest activity level possible within the limitations and challenges created by his or her impediment.

Your Certified Prosthetist (C.P.) is a highly trained professional, experienced in the design and manufacture of artificial body parts. They work closely with a team of medical professionals that may include your physician, surgeon, physical, and occupational therapist to ensure the best results for each individual. Continuing patient care and evaluation of any changing conditions or requirements also helps to maintain optimum use of the device.

Prosthetist’s follow the same mandate as Certified Orthotists with required professional development and ongoing certification requirements.  The same in-depth technical and clinical training is required, as well as an extended internship period prior to receiving certification in Canada.

Source:  www.pando.ca

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