C-Brace®

Hannah wears a C-Brace orthotronic mobility system. She is laughing and playing with her children.

Benefits at a glance

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Melvin wears his computer-controlled C-Brace® KAFO. He is playing football with his niece.

New freedom of movement

Walking slowly or quickly, on inclines or rough terrain, avoiding tripping situations, walking down stairs step-over-step, or flexing the leg under a load: the C-Brace® lets users experience an entirely new freedom of movement.

David wears his C-Brace® orthotronic mobility system while doing gymnastics in the garden.

Small and lightweight

The new C-Brace® is small enough to be worn inconspicuously under clothing. Because it’s lightweight, the user expends less effort while walking.

David walks along the lake with his C-Brace® KAFO system

Enhanced safety while walking

The C-Brace® enhances safety by responding in real time, including in possible tripping situations: the user can step or sit down with the knee flexed and walk on uneven terrain or slopes.

Melvin sits on his bicycle. He is wearing his computer-controlled C-Brace® orthotronic mobility system. He is holding his mobile phone, which shows the adjustment app on the display

App control for user and technician

Users can conveniently control their C-Brace® with the Cockpit app, for example when switching to cycling mode. The Orthotist uses the Setup app to individually adjust the C-Brace® in simple steps.

David walks down a ramp with his C-Brace®.

Dynamic movement patterns

The new sensor technology makes the C-Brace® even more intuitive to use; movement patterns are even more dynamic and responsive.

The Orthotist adapts David’s C-Brace® orthotronic mobility system

Simplified fabrication process

The C-Brace is custom made for each unique user - and can even be made to accommodate heavy duty users. To find out more about the C-Brace or to book an assessment, please contact Dorset Orthopaedic.

Functionality

The C-Brace® consists of individually fabricated thigh, calf and foot components. An ankle joint (unilateral or bilateral fitting) or an individual spring element connects the foot and calf components. The sensor system continuously measures the flexion of the knee joint and its angular acceleration. This lets the C-Brace® detect the user’s current walking phase, so it can regulate the hydraulic resistances as well as control the flexion and extension of the knee joint.

User experience

David T. tells his story

David T. tells his story

Melvin tells his story

Melvin tells his story

Hannah tells her story

Hannah tells her story

Wolfgang tells his story

Wolfgang tells his story

In conversation with Hannah

In conversation with Hannah

David M. tells his story

In conversation with Wolfgang

Denise tells her story

Marjan tells her story

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FAQ

  • How can I find out whether the C-Brace® is suitable for me?

    The C-Brace® is suitable for a wide range of neurological indications. However, a detailed anamnesis – that is, an examination by a doctor or Orthotist – is required on a case-by-case basis in order to determine whether the C-Brace® is actually appropriate.

  • If a C-Brace® is generally an option for me – can I test the orthosis first?

    Before you are fitted with a C-Brace® orthotronic mobility system, your certified Orthotist can use a diagnostic trial orthosis to determine whether you are able to use the functions of the C-Brace®. Please talk to your Orthotist, and he or she will advise you in detail.

  • How long does it take to learn to walk with the C-Brace®?

    Many different factors determine how soon you can walk with the C-Brace® and whether you are capable of exploiting its full functionality. As always, your personal physical condition is an important factor here. However, your certified Orthotist will provide you with expert advice regarding this as well.

  • How do I learn to use the C-Brace®?

    When you are fitted with a C-Brace®, your technician will of course explain the proper use of the orthosis to you in detail. In the course of special training and exercises, you will learn everything you need to know in order to use your C-Brace® to its best advantage.

  • Can I shower with the orthosis?

    The C-Brace® is not suitable for showering. However, Ottobock’s Aqualine orthosis system is a waterproof walking device designed especially for wet conditions. All of its components are designed for contact with water.


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