New technology is changing the game for people living with neurological conditions like paraplegia and multiple sclerosis. Ottobock’s futuristic technology works to restore mobility for people who may have otherwise been confined to a mobility device like a powerchair or reliant on crutches.
C-Brace is a suitable solution for many people who need mobility assistance. This simple lightweight KAFO allows the wearer to participate in almost any non-aquatic activity independently.
What is the C-Brace KAFO?
The C-Brace is a knee, ankle, foot orthotic device controlled by a microprocessor. It’s equipped with smart sensors and can be controlled via smartphone. C-Brace allows the wearer to flex their leg, comfortably sit down, walk across uneven terrain, navigate stairs, even ride a bicycle.
The C-Brace is low profile and lightweight. It’s easier to walk and move with C-Brace than it is with heavy KAFO devices. Its slim profile allows it to fix uncomfortably under relaxed fit pants, completely concealing the device.
The C-Brace is equipped with sensors that help it predict your next move and operate accordingly. It will work to support your natural and comfortable gait pattern as you walk. If you need to switch modes for different activities, you can do so with a few quick taps on your smartphone.
C-Brace is the First of Its Kind
Before C-Brace, most similar KAFO devices had significant limitations. There was no “smart” in their technology. This breakthrough design and proprietary technology significantly changes the landscape of computerized orthotics. C-Brace is the first sensor driven computerized KAFO that reacts in real time.
This smart technology makes it possible for people living with paraplegia to remove many limitations from their life. Ottobock has studied C-Brace in cancer survivors, people with polio, combat wounded veterans, and people with spinal cord injuries. Many are able to be independently mobile with C-Brace.
How Does C-Brace Work?
The C-Brace is made of three custom components: the thigh, the lower leg, and the foot. The ankle joint and knee joint respond to your movements in real time. The knee joint has a smart sensor that detects how you’re moving your knee and anticipates how you’d naturally move it next. It measures and regulates hydraulic resistance to support you through every phase of the gait cycle.
Who Can Use C-Brace?
C-Brace is a great fit for many patients who would benefit from a smart KAFO device. C-Brace is designed for many patients with neurological conditions and injuries, including various types of paralysis and paraplegia.
If you’re wondering if C-Brace is right for you, speak with your doctor and your orthotist. Ideal candidacy for a C-Brace is determined on a case by case basis.
How Do I Get C-Brace?
Custom orthotics like the C-Brace are prescription devices. If you’re interested in a C-Brace, you’ll need to speak with your doctor first. If your doctor believes that a C-Brace would be helpful in your unique situation, your doctor will prescribe an orthotic.
You’ll bring that prescription to an orthotist (like Tony Martin Limb & Brace) and your orthotist will help you through the rest of the process. Custom orthotics require measurements because it’s extremely important to have a perfect fit for comfort and function. Your orthotist can teach you how to use your KAFO, make any necessary adjustments, and help you maintain the device.
Can I Try C-Brace Before I Commit?
C-Brace is a much larger commitment than a simple brace. You may have concerns about your ability to successfully use a C-Brace. You can ask your orthotist for a trial C-Brace to see how the technology works for you.
Remember that there will be a learning curve. You may not instinctually be able to operate the C-Brace the moment you put it on, and you’ll need some time to master the functions of the device.
If your trial run goes well, you can begin the process of getting a custom C-Brace that you can use long term.
Are There Any Limitations to the C-Brace?
The C-Brace will work in almost every environment for almost every activity, but it isn’t completely waterproof. You shouldn’t use C-Brace in the shower or while swimming. Avoid submerging your C-Brace.
C-Brace is designed to operate for up to 45 hours on a single charge, but it’s best not to let the battery run too low. You don’t want it to stop functioning unexpectedly. It’s best to limit your use on a single charge to one day and charge the device at bedtime.
Ready to Let C-Brace Change Your Life?
If your doctor writes you a prescription for a custom orthotic, bring your prescription to Tony Martin Limb & Brace in Tucson. We’re leading experts in the field of orthotics and prosthetics, and we’re proud to offer Ottobock’s line of advanced life-changing computerized orthotics to our patients. Call us now to set up an appointment.