Consumer opinions of a stance control knee orthosis

Kathie A. Bernhardt, Steven E. Irby, Kenton R. Kaufman

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Abstract

Stance control knee orthoses (SCOs) have become very popular recently. However, there is little information regarding opinions of actual orthosis users. The purpose of this study was to quantify the users' opinions of a SCO, and see whether factors found important for knee orthoses in past studies hold true for a stance control orthosis as well. A standardized survey was employed as part of a larger field trial study of the Dynamic Knee Brace System, a SCO developed by the authors. The Dynamic Knee Brace System scored well in areas of effectiveness, operability, and dependability, but areas in need of improvement included weight, cosmesis, and donning and doffing. These findings match well with previous knee orthosis studies. This study shows that wearing a stance control knee orthosis can be a positive experience for an orthosis user.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)246-256
Number of pages11
JournalProsthetics and Orthotics International
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006

Keywords

  • Field trial
  • Knee orthosis
  • Opinion
  • Stance control orthosis
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Rehabilitation

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