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
- 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