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    Osteoarthritis of the knee joint: Individual orthotic treatment concepts

    1.1.2 - Supported by Ottobock

    10/5/19 | 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM time


    Thomas Schmalz, Ottobock SE&Co. KGaA/Clinical Research & Services (Goettingen, Germany)

    Ryosuke Kuroda, Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine (Kobe, Japan)

    Heiko Drewitz, Ottobock SE&Co. KGaA/Competence Center (Goettingen, Germany)

    Session format
    Basic Instructional Course
    Room 2A, Exhibition Hall 2
    Orthotics: Lower Limb
    Target audience
    Congress registrants only
    Session Chair

    Thomas Schmalz



    Orthotic fittings are part of the non-operative treatment strategies for osteoarthritis of the knee. The good clinical and biomechanical results reported in the last 20 years are indisputable. However, the potential of this conservative treatment is far from exhausted. The goal of the symposium is to show that a clear patient benefit can be expected from orthotics if the fitting strategy is individually planned and optimized.

    In particular, the symposium will give an overview about the known treatment concepts for osteoarthritis of the knee joint. Within the context of the non-surgical procedures, options and limitations of orthoses are critically discussed from different perspectives (medical, technical, biomechanical). The symposium presents a classification of all known orthotic concepts that can be used in the treatment strategy (KO, AFO, FO). This incorporates both a systematic overview on the functional principles of the different types of orthoses and a comparison of the knee unloading effects that can be achieved with them. The correlation between biomechanical and clinical results will be discussed. Case studies will show that individually optimized results can be achieved by planning the fitting strategy based on both the consideration of the specific clinical situation of the patient and the results of biomechanical analyses.

    Statement of the objective / learning objectives

    The symposium will show that orthotics for knee joint OA may result in good clinical results with profound patient benefits if the fitting strategy is individually planned and optimized.

    This session focuses on the topic Orthotics: Lower Limb Orthopaedic and is supported by Ottobock.

    Simultaneous Interpretation


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