C-Brace Orthotronic Mobility System

Just unveiled in May of 2012 at the Orthopädie + Reha-Technik trade fair in Leipzig, Germany, the C-Brace Orthotronic Mobility System, also known as the C-Brace®, has arrived. This first ever orthotronic device, which combines the science of mechatronics (mechanical, electronic, computer, and systems design engineering) with custom orthotics, is helping people walk, despite paralysis due to incomplete spinal cord injury, post-polio syndrome, and other debilitating physical conditions. 

Hanger Clinic is the only patient care company in the United States to be involved in the clinical testing of the C-Brace, which means our patients benefit from first access. Hanger Clinic has the very first patient in the United States who is benefiting from this new revolutionary device.

If you are familiar with the C-Leg prosthetic device and how it has dramatically improved the lives of amputees by providing a prosthetic leg that functions as close to a natural leg as possible, think of the C-Brace as the C-Leg for those with lower limb dysfunction.  The C-Brace is the first bracing technology that employs the same type of technology that has made bionic prosthetic limbs so revolutionary. 

Until now, hydraulic systems – such as those used in prosthetics – have not been used in this area. The standard function of current orthotic systems has been limited exclusively to the locking and releasing of the knee joint. With the C-Brace, the entire gait cycle is controlled physiologically, using microprocessors and sensors, in real time – for the first time ever.

C-brace ProductThe microprocessor

• Measures 50 times per second (every 0.02 seconds) to anticipate movements

• Analyzes the gait

• Changes the hydraulic controls to prepare for the user’s next movement (in real-time)

Measurements taking place

• Knee angle

   · Direction and velocity

   · Acceleration and deceleration

• Ankle flexion/extension

   · Increasing/decreasing

 

 

 

What this means to the patient is:  

• Provide safer walking opportunities and abilities

Reduce risk of falling

Minimize chronic effects of asymmetrical limb challenges

Maintain and/or improve daily activity levels

Maintain overall physiological health and independence in activities in daily living.

The C-Brace adapts to changing walking speeds, permits walking down stairs step-over-step and improves safety in stumbling situations. The wearer no longer has to constantly focus on the ground while walking and is once again able to appreciate their surroundings with no restrictions.

How Do I Get More Information? 

Hanger Clinic is currently scheduling free evaluations for the C-Brace. Ideal C-Brace candidates are people who need support for walking following injury, partial paralysis, disease, or weakness in the legs due to many conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injury, polio, etc., affecting their ability to control the knee when walking. Candidates should also be looking for more safety and stability, and/or greater function and mobility beyond what is offered in current technology offerings.

During this evaluation, a Hanger Clinic representative will need to obtain photos, videos, and background to send to our C-Brace specialists to determine if you are a candidate. If you are not a C-Brace candidate, another orthotic system may be able to provide you with greater mobility and confidence. Hanger clinicians will consider all of your options when evaluating you for the C-Brace.

Contact Hanger Clinic at 1.877-4Hanger, or click here if you would like more information about this revolutionary new system: the C-Brace. 

Peter Goldblatt is the first person in the U.S. to be fit with the C-Brace, the first orthotic bracing system that employs the same type of technology that has made bionic prosthetic limbs like the C-Leg so revolutionary. The video above was taken on August 2, 2012, just before Peter was interviewed by several television stations and a newspaper in Sarasota. 

Now available exclusively at Hanger Clinic, the new bionic leg bracing system helps people like Peter walk more normally despite partial paralysis due to incomplete spinal cord injury, post-polio syndrome, and other debilitating physical conditions.

> Click here to watch the ABC Action News piece on Peter and his C-Brace

 

C-Brace Patient

C-Brace user Peter Goldblatt is a New York native and polio survivor who lives with his wife of 47 years, Joan, in Sarasota, Florida.  Having contracted polio at age 2, Peter wore braces on both legs as a young child prior to undergoing multiple lower extremity surgeries as a pre-teen. For the last several years Peter has suffered a gradual loss of muscle function in both legs resulting in many falls and a number of broken bones. 

Since testing the C-Brace over the past several months, Peter has not fallen, no longer experiences knee pain, isn’t hyperextending his knee like he did before, is walking with a more normal gait, and doesn’t tire as quickly throughout the day.  He has even returned to some of his favorite activities like flying radio-controlled model airplanes, boating and fishing and is now able to travel with Joan with more confidence.

Peter explains his thoughts on wearing the new C-Brace technology:

“I only dreamed of having a leg that worked like this … I never thought it would ever happen!”

 
 
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