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Vibration
 Therapy Wraps

October 29, 2014

Brownmed introduces the Vibrating Knee and Elbow Wrap and the Vibrating Shin and Calf Wrap—two new products under the Intellinetix brand that harness the power of vibration therapy to help relieve arthritis pain and joint swelling. Each new Intellinetix product seeks to take the demonstrated benefits of whole body vibration and apply them to specific parts of the body to provide targeted relief. Rechargeable and easy to use, the vibration therapy products can be turned on and off with a push of a button.

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Genium
 Protector

October 29, 2014

Ottobock announces the launch in the US and Canada of the Genium Protector cover for its Genium Bionic Prosthetic System.

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Arcopedico 
Fall Styles

October 29, 2014

Arcopedico USA introduces its fall 2014 line of women’s shoe styles. W12 is a school-inspired Oxford trouser shoe that features across-the-arch support to bolster tired feet, a lace-up upper that conforms to the shape of the foot, and an anatomical footbed.

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ComfortFit 
Stabilizer Brace

October 29, 2014

On September 1, ComfortFit Labs released the new ComfortFit Stabilizer Brace.

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AAOS releases new guidelines for hip fracture, ACL injury, infant hip dysplasia

October 29, 2014

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) on September 9 released three new clinical practice guidelines (CPG) featuring evidence-based recommendations for diagnosing and treating hip fractures in patients aged 65 years and older, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, and hip dysplasia in infants aged up to 6 months. “Management of Hip Fractures in the Elderly” includes a number of recommendations aimed at reducing delirium in hip fracture patients, according to W. Timothy Brox, MD, chair of the hip fracture guideline work group.

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Ottobock to support 2016 Paralympics

October 29, 2014

Duderstadt, Germany-based Ottobock HealthCare announced in September that it will provide technical services for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The 2016 Paralympics will be the 13th for which Ottobock has provided technical support, bringing a team of prosthetists, orthotists, wheelchair technicians, and welders from its worldwide network to meet the needs of athletes from all competing nations and in all sports, maintaining and repairing any of the equipment they rely on to train and compete. Ottobock has a strong presence in South America, with offices in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru

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JBIT MedPro system sees strong sales

October 29, 2014

Missouri City, TX-based JB3 Innovations’ JBIT MedPro lower limb strengthening device has experienced 5000% growth over the past 18 months, the company announced in September. Former National Basketball Association player Jonathan Bender invented the device to help relieve his chronic knee pain. It can be used during athletic activities and incorporates a harness and two lengths of rubber tubing bands to apply tensile forces between points just behind the hips and the posterior aspect of the ankles

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CMS adds two OTS knee orthosis codes

October 29, 2014

The Centers for Medicare and  Medicaid Services (CMS) made effective on October 1 two new off-the-shelf (OTS) knee orthosis codes. These are K0901, for a knee orthosis, single upright, thigh and calf, with adjustable flexion and extension joint (unicentric or polycentric), medial-lateral and rotation control, with or without varus and valgus adjustment, prefabricated, and OTS, and K0902, for a knee orthosis, double upright, thigh and calf, with adjustable flexion and extension joint (unicentric or polycentric), medial-lateral and rotation control, with or without varus and valgus adjustment, prefabricated, and OTS. The codes are OTS versions of L1843 and L1845, respectively, and join the 23 other OTS codes that CMS established as part of the 2014 Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) update.

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New procedure can ease pain from ankle arthritis without limiting the ankle’s mobility

October 21, 2014

It’s a surgery that is becoming increasingly more common. Ankle replacements usually are needed because of a bad accident or arthritis. But artificial ankles have come a long way and not all of them are the same

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‘Magic foot’ helps kids with nerve problems walk

October 14, 2014

Walking is something most of us take for granted, but for those with a condition called “foot drop” it can be a slow and frustrating challenge. For one little boy that’s about to change, thanks to a gadget that will put some power in his step. Eight-year-old Connor Chaney just got a shock and surprise.

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