Orthotists Sam and David head to Germany for OT World 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 course 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.”