August 2016

Össur posts OARSI knee OA protocols for subgroups, first winner of online contest

Össur reported on July 22 that after a two-day consensus symposium sponsored by the Foothill Ranch, CA-based company, an expert panel has published clinical treatment protocols for three subgroups of patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA).

The Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) convened the panel of 27 OA experts from the US and Canada in February to develop protocols in three knee OA populations: those younger than 65 years; active, demanding patients who, regardless of age, are capable of performing moderate-to-vigorous activities or were competitive athletes; and patients older than 65 years seeking to maintain or regain former activity levels.

The new OARSI guidelines, which have not been published in a peer-reviewed journal but are available at http://bit.ly/29zxsqz, include recommendations for biomechanical interventions, such as unloader braces, to reduce pain and improve function.

Össur also announced in July that Federica Maspero, a bilateral amputee from Como, Italy, won its first online contest celebrating amputee mobility.

She took the #MyWinningMoment contest’s grand prize, a three-night trip for two people to Reykjavik, Iceland, home of Össur’s international headquarters. Her submission showed her and her husband in full wedding regalia on a running track.

Össur has launched a second contest, and people with lower limb loss—now including children—can enter through Aug. 31 by sharing a photo or video that captures their stories at mywinningmoment.com. Parents or legal guardians must submit children’s entries.

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- Emily Delzell

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