20 January 2016
Colonel (Rtd) Richard P. Gray OBE was treated by Alan Hews at LOC having suffered a brain injury secondary to a fall leaving him with right-sided hemiparesis.
A history of a hip replacement had led to a leg length discrepancy and there was muscle weakness over the hip, knee and ankle. The brief was to facilitate his rehabilitation by preventing collapsing of the leg, allowing freedom of movement to strengthen his muscles and accommodate the leg length difference. He was cast and fitted with a knee ankle foot orthosis (KAFO) with a selectable locking mechanism at the knee and selectable position ankle joints.
His wife Fiona was delighted with the outcome:
“Richard is walking very well now and is starting to do stairs. He only needed the full leg orthosis for about a month but it was absolutely instrumental in getting him walking. Here is a photo was taken on Remembrance Sunday, last November, when he walked up the steps into the church.”
We have the following facilities and amenities at our Kingston Upon Thames location:
We also have the Gait Laboratory for orthotics patients and Onsite Manufacturing for speedy turnarounds and adjustments whilst you wait.
Clothing worn is dependent on which clinic you are attending. You will be sent a letter detailing what clothing to wear along with all other details prior to any appointment at the clinic.
Working with LOC and Elaine has been a great experience – they really take the time to look at your child and understand their individual challenges and needs. For parents who are in the same position that we were, I would say do your research – see what clinics are available near you and what the costs are, but my feeling is it’s worth every penny.
After 10 years of daily physiotherapy and swimming, not to mention SDR, hamstring and tendon lengthening, we have finally achieved independent walking – it was a mother’s day gift that would take some beating.
LOC’s video vector technology measures exactly where Austin’s weight is being distributed, how his hips are moving and how his legs are moving. It’s those insights that have made his new AFOs so effective. Even within a few days, LOC’s splints have had more impact on his independence of movement than anything else we have done.