August 2017

Össur brace mimics native ACL function

The Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine on July 6 epublished study data showing support with an Össur dynamic force anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) brace better matches the angle-dependent forces of a native ACL than a static force ACL brace.

Investigators from the Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, CO, recruited seven healthy men (mean age 27.4 ± 3.4 years) and fitted them with a static ACL brace and the dynamic Össur Rebound ACL brace. Participants completed three functional activities (unloaded extension, sit-to-stand, and stair ascent), once in each brace. Researchers collected kinematic data and used a customized pressure-mapping technique to calculate posteriorly directed forces applied to the anterior aspect of the proximal and distal tibia.

The dynamic force ACL brace, compared with the static force brace, applied significantly larger posteriorly directed forces to the anterior proximal tibia in extension, where the ACL is known to experience large in vivo forces.

The investigators noted further studies are needed to determine whether the brace’s physiological behavior will reduce anterior knee laxity and improve long-term patient outcomes after ACL surgery.

Össur announced in August that Alexander Schwartz, a bilateral amputee born with fibular hemimelia, is the 2017 winner of the company’s #MyWinning Moment contest. Schwartz, of St. Louis, MO, said receiving his Össur Cheetah running blades made the singular difference in his physical mobility, as well as in his perspective on life.

Schwartz won a three-night trip for two toÖssur’s headquarters in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Össur in August also offered congratulations to its team members and ambassadors who participated at the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships, held July 14-23 in London, UK. Team Össur and the Össur Ambassadors won 15 medals at the global track and field competition.

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- Emily Delzell

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