Do You Know What You Are Paying For?

The International Standards Organization (ISO) defines an orthosis as an externally applied device used to modify the structural or functional characteristics of the neuro-muscular-skeletal system. An orthosis can also be defined by its intended use: to support, align, prevent or correct deformities or to improve the movable parts of the body. An orthosis is also a product. Simply viewed as a product, an orthosis has limited value. The most appropriate description states that an orthosis must be viewed as combining with body parts to form a mechanical system that obeys mechanical laws and achieves mechanical effects. This is the definition of a biomechanical device.

Elements of a lower limb orthosis

Viewed as a biomechanical device an orthosis must incorporate the following elements:

1. the intended mechanical effect
2. the design
3. the materials
4. the training
5. the outcome

Simply stated, what is an orthosis supposed to do and does it actually do it? In the case of human walking, the mechanical problems can be very complex. Is the walking pattern more efficient because of the orthosis? Does preventing a drop foot improve walking? The outcome is and must be an integral part of the orthosis. An orthosis is a mechanical product that should produce measurable mechanical outcomes.

What makes DynamicBracingSolutions different?

DynamicBracingSolutions is the culmination of years of research and development in the fields of biomechanics, materials technology and computer programming. An orthosis provided by DynamicBracingSolutions is a complete dynamic support system that integrates all of the elements required for lower limb function. Traditional orthoses may provide solutions to simple problems but do not address efficiency and overall function; in other words, some of the elements are missing. New materials alone do not improve function. Traditional designs have become the standard of treatment in orthotics. These designs have limited purpose and are static in nature. They accommodate existing function rather than improve efficiency in walking. Their value is limited.

DynamicBracingSolutions offers solutions to complex mechanical problems that result in decreased efficiency and lost function. The ability to walk more efficiently is the goal of treatment. The process begins with a detailed manual examination and a videographic analysis of walking. Baseline information is fed into the computer program developed at DynamicBracingSolutions. Measurable data provides the starting point of treatment. The intended mechanical effect is designed into each orthosis. Outcomes can be predicted and measured by the software program. The end product is dynamic in nature and incorporates the necessary elements for the improvement of walking efficiency. Results can be measured against a “normal” average baseline. Comparisons can be made between traditional orthoses and those provided by DynamicBracingSolutions.

Science vs. Art

It has been said in the past that orthotic treatment is more art than it is science. DynamicBracingSolutions offers orthotic treatment based upon science rather than art. There is no guesswork. Video analysis determines mechanical deficiencies that need to be corrected in order to improve function. This process also provides measurable outcomes. In order to have positive results, the mechanical problems must be solved. In the past, only selected gait labs throughout the country could provide such detailed gait analysis information. The software program developed by DynamicBracingSolutions incorporates this analysis into the treatment and also documents the outcome. Mechanics is a science that lends itself to measurements. Human walking can be measured in terms of its mechanical components.

DynamicBracingSolutions Is Not Experimental

Many patients have been fit with support systems from DynamicBracingSolutions over the years. The results have been documented. Each patient has a baseline profile that can be compared to other types of orthoses. Outcomes as well as future improvement can be documented and measured.

Cost vs. Value

What is the value of a product? Cost is the price paid for a product or service. Value is what we receive in return. DynamicBracingSolutions offers a service that includes a dynamic support system that is designed to improve walking efficiency. The intent of the orthosis is designed into each product. The outcome can be measured to prove the validity of the treatment. Treatment includes training in OrthoBalancing and NeuroBalancing. (Trademarks of DynamicBracingSolutions) Training is a necessary ingredient to functional improvement. The orthosis is not an entity in itself. DynamicBracingSolutions combined with Ortho-Therapy provides a total service that does not end with the delivery of a product. It is recommended that each individual receive Physical Therapy treatment in addition to the Orthobalancing and NeuroBalancing techniques developed by DynamicBracingSolutions.

Cost Comparison To Prosthetics

There have been many advances in prosthetic technology that have improved function in today’s amputee population. The field of orthotics has not kept pace with prosthetics. While materials have changed, the basic designs have remained the same. The cost of a modern prosthesis has risen along with the improved technology. Functional improvement in prosthetics is empirical in nature and is not measured on a routine basis. DynamicBracingSolutions has developed a scientific approach to orthotic treatment that is equal to or greater than prosthetic treatment in complexity and the outcomes can be measured. Orthotic treatment is inherently more complex than creating a prosthesis. The cost of an orthosis from DynamicBracingSolutions is based upon the complexity of individual deficiencies and the mechanical solutions necessary to improve efficiency in walking. Costs are comparable to those of prostheses for above and below knee amputations.

Professional Expertise

Presently there are 15 certified professionals throughout the USA that have been licensed to provide services on behalf of DynamicBracingSolutions. These individuals have far exceeded the standard level of education of the average practitioner. They are recognized as leaders in their profession. The average individual experience of these selected professionals is 25-34 years.