Benefits at a glance
New freedom of movement
Walking slowly or quickly, on inclines or rough terrain, avoiding tripping situations, walking down stairs step-over-step, or flexing the leg under a load: the C-Brace lets users experience an entirely new freedom of movement.
Small and lightweight
The C-Brace is small enough to be worn inconspicuously under clothing, and because it’s lightweight, the user expends less energy while walking.
Enhanced safety while walking
The C-Brace enhances safety by responding in real time, including in possible tripping situations. The user can step or sit down with the knee flexed, and walk on uneven terrain or slopes.
App control for user and orthotist
Users can conveniently control their C-Brace with the Cockpit app, for example when switching to cycling mode. The O&P professional uses the Setup app to individually adjust the CBrace in simple steps.
Dynamic movement patterns
The microprocessor sensor technology makes the C-Brace even more intuitive to use; movement patterns are more dynamic and responsive.
The C-Brace consists of individually fabricated thigh, calf, and foot components. An ankle joint, unilateral or bilateral fitting, or an individual spring element connects the foot and calf components. The sensor system continuously measures the flexion of the knee joint and its angular acceleration. This lets the C-Brace detect the user’s current walking phase, so it can regulate the hydraulic resistances as well as control the flexion and extension of the knee joint.
To better determine if the orthosis is right for you, you will need an evaluation from a qualified medical professional.
Before you are fitted with a C-Brace, your certified O&P professional can use a diagnostic trial orthosis to determine whether you are able to use the functions of the C-Brace. Please talk to your O&P professional, and he or she will advise you in detail.
Many different factors determine how soon you can walk with the C-Brace and whether you are capable of exploiting its full functionality. As always, your personal physical condition is an important factor. However, your certified O&P professional will provide you with expert advice regarding this.
When you are fitted with a C-Brace, your orthotist will explain the proper use of the orthosis in detail. In the course of special training and exercises, you will learn everything you need to know in order to use your C-Brace to its best advantage.
The C-Brace is not suitable for showering. However, Ottobock’s Aqualine orthosis system is a waterproof device designed especially for wet conditions. All of its components are designed for contact with water.