May 2016

Össur’s new hip OA brace reduces pain

Results from a small study of Reykjavik, Iceland-based Össur’s new Hip Unloader brace published in April showed nine of the 14 participants with unilateral symptomatic hip osteoarthritis (OA) reported an immediate reduction in pain with application of the device.

The brace, which Össur launched in the US in May (see “Össur Unloader Hip OA Brace,” page 59), also significantly decreased peak hip abduction moment on the OA side as well as peak hip adduction and internal rotation angles during stance.

The study authors, from the University of Iceland in Reykjavik, concluded the brace appears to reduce compressive joint reaction force at the femoroacetabular interface and may offer an alternative for hip OA patients not ready for hip replacement.

Prosthetics and Orthotics International epublished the results of the study on April 26.

For its patient with lower limb loss, Össur on May 4 launched #MyWinningMoment, an online contest celebrating mobility.

Adults with lower limb loss can share their stories via photo or video on the mywinningmoment.com website through May 31 for a chance to win a four-day, three-night trip for two people to Reykjavik.

Entries will be judged based on story, originality, proper use of prosthetic, composition, and subject. Entrants must be 18 years or older with lower limb loss and able to travel before the end of 2016.

Get more information and submit entries for free at mywinningmoment.com. Entries are being continually refreshed on the website, and Össur is also showcasing submissions on its social media channels.

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- Emily Delzell

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