27 June 2018
Earlier this year, clinicians David and Sam visited OT World, the world's leading event for prosthetics, orthotics and orthopaedic footwear, held in Leipzig, Germany. This year the event attracted 21,400 professionals from the prosthetics and orthotics industry, exhibiting the latest technology and products that could drive clinical assessment in future.
Speaking to LOC Director Sam Walmsley on their return, he says affirmatively “It’s the biggest conference in the world for prosthetics and orthotics, everyone from all over the world attends and people book it up two years in advance.”
Asked what caught his eye at the conference, he replied “It’s quite an interesting time in our industry – we’re not really sure which way it’s going to go – there’s a lot of hype about 3D printing at the minute, which is meant to reduce time in the manufacturing process, whereas actually a lot of people are suggesting it can offer a lot of support in terms of the 3D modelling process.”
Clinician David Williams spent time with orthopaedic surgeon and founder of the Schroth Best Practice Academy Dr Weiss, who presented his most recent scoliosis case histories and data at the conference. The Gensingen brace by Dr Weiss® is evidenced as the most effective spinal brace for correcting scoliosis non-surgically.
David says; “the main reason I was there was to meet up with Dr Weiss, as well as the other members of the Best Practice Academy, but there were people from China there Norway, Denmark, Germany, America. Dr Weiss was giving a talk about scoliosis bracing, problems, solutions, advances in his modelling techniques as well as a discussion on case studies. The other delegates came quite prepared with presentations and interestingly, people seem to be getting similar outcomes, particularly in China where they are doing a lot of bracing.”
The event attracted several members of The Best Practice Academy, which arranges courses worldwide for professionals to learn and engage in the most recent developments in bracing technology and physiotherapy in the treatment of scoliosis.
It was also a good chance for David to spend time with various LOC suppliers; “we met with our carbon fibre suppliers Fior & Gentz and had a catch-up meeting with them. It’s good to see some of the companies and suppliers we use here regularly have the chance to talk through their new developments, their new products. They’ve made some changes to some of their high-end products, such as the integration of apps to operate their neuro-swing knee orthoses. It’s really good to experience.”
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.
I finally found that I had arrived at the right place and something was actually being done.
My pain levels are hugely improved, my ribs were tender and now they are not. My brace was made individually for me. It’s not one size fits all and, if it is not completely perfect, LOC alters it on the spot. I was so surprised that I could wear the brace under my clothes, I did not need to go and buy anything, I just wear loose tops.
My results are amazing and unexpected, and I am glad that I received the brace through LOC. I am still wearing the brace 18 months later and my back feels even straighter. Thanks to LOC I realised that I wanted to help people with similar if not the same condition as me, so I am now going to Salford University in September to study Orthotics and Prosthetics so I will hopefully be able to help others with Scoliosis as much as LOC has helped me.
I had my brace fitted and I was also given a personalised exercise programme to help with my 3D rotation. Not only was I wearing this new brace but I still had my pectus brace on and the amazing orthotists managed to combine the two so they worked together. I really struggled with this at first; however, I kept going and now I’m really glad I did. My scoliosis overcorrected by 10 degrees and I was able to reduce my scoliosis brace wear to 16 hours a day within 6 weeks.
We would be very happy for Francis to be included on the case histories page of your website. We are so pleased with the outcome of his treatment - I can only hope the images will give other parents confidence in the treatment where needed.
Ewan was four months old and I could breastfeed while he was wearing the helmet. At the clinic, they took their time with him. It made a huge difference knowing that we could trust them.
From the very start, everyone at LOC was professional and friendly. Every step of the way was well-explained and measuring and fitting was quick. It only took Magnus one day to get used to the band and after that, he wasn’t bothered by it at all. And, most importantly, it worked! His head now looks completely normal. I would 100% get a LOCband again if we were to face the same situation again.
Currently, I am wearing my pectus brace for 12-14 hours a day and I am very happy with the results of my treatment. I am very grateful to all the amazing people at LOC and I want to thank them for helping me so much. In the year and a half since my treatment started, I have come so far and I am incredibly happy with the results and I am incredibly happy that I persevered.