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
Elements of a lower limb orthosis
Viewed as a biomechanical device an orthosis must incorporate the following
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
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.
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