Besides basic functions such as protection, correction, and improvement of limited functions, modern orthoses can be adapted to the patient's needs. At lower extremity orthoses for patients with paralysis, the orthosis joints at knee and ankle height mainly assume this function.
Other than earlier, rigid apparatus often meant a severe limitation of the range of motion and fitted like a "knight's armor" today's orthoses support the range of motion. When worn under clothes, they are almost invisible.
Although an orthosis is used locally, its effects can be noticed throughout the whole body. Back and shoulder pain is often the result of the patient adopting a bad posture for pain relief or is caused by a pathological gait. Medical care, physiotherapy, and optimal orthotic treatment can enable the patient to live an almost unrestricted life.
Patients with leg paralysis cannot walk anymore as they used to, which results in shuffling, stumblng and in the worst case, a fall. Besides the physical limitation, you also have to consider the psychological impact.
The joints are crucial in orthosis for patients with paralysis. Depending on their functions and adjustments, walking can be facilitated or even enabled for people wearing orthoses.