The very latest innovations in rehabilitation were showcased at the fourth annual Dorset Orthopaedic conference, held in Daventry earlier this month.
A record number of delegates attended the Dynamic Rehabilitation Conference, which featured compelling patient testimonies alongside demonstrations of the very latest prosthetic and orthotic products on the market.
Among the highlights of the conference was the live casting of a patient on stage using the Symphonie Aqua Casting System with Vector Control. Patient Colin Edwards was cast live on stage before going to Dorset Orthopaedic’s Midlands clinic in Burton on Trent to have his new socket made. He then reappeared at the end of the event with his new limb, showcasing the speed with which a prosthesis can be made using the system.
There were talks by renowned Relimb surgeon Norbert Kang on the benefits of Targeted Muscle Reinnervation and Osseointegration, as well as presentations on the range of microprocessor feet now on the market. There were also demonstrations of the very latest exoskeletons for people with limb weakness through conditions such as polio, brachial plexus injury or stroke. The MyoPro upper limb orthosis and the new C-Brace for lower limbs were showcased.
Patient testimonies came courtesy of Josephine Bridges, who has set up a charity, Positive Bones, to help her reach her target for her own microprocessor knee, and then help others going through amputation. Other patient speakers included para-triathlon world champion Hannah Moore, rower Sophie Harris and Wendy Bearton who spoke alongside physiotherapist Mary Tebb on the benefits of Dorset Orthopaedic’s residential rehabilitation programme.
Delegates said the conference was “interesting and extremely engaging” and said it was an excellent showcase of the latest innovations for their clients.
Matthew Hughes, clinical services director at Dorset Orthopaedic, said: “We’re delighted with how the conference went and how it was received – the important thing for us was being able to show how, as a clinic, we get a patient from their initial accident and injury, back to some kind of normality in their life, whatever that is. ”
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