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Otto Bock unveils new knee brace.

Don Struebing may be a football coach, but his true job--his main job, really--is to protect his players. That task hasn't always been so easy to fulfill, particularly considering the brutal nature of the game.


But Struebing's job recently became a bit easier, thanks to a new knee brace from Otto Bock HealthCare LP that he claims better insulates his team from injuries. "My job is to protect my players, and I am confident that the Xeleton brace is the best product on the market," gushed Struebing, offensive coordinator for Har-Ber High School in Springdale, Ark., a 174-year-old city of 69,797 residents in the northwestern part of the Natural State. "Even under the most extreme situations we never saw the Xeleton migrate and the low profile made it easy and comfortable for my players to wear. Otto Bock's new Xeleton brace performed better than any other brace we've used."

The Xeleton brace features an anatomical shape and user-friendly design, according to the company. It off-the-shelf, hard-frame aluminum device provides customizable function for sports injuries, offers patients pre-surgical or post-surgical stabilization, or can be used to help treat chronic knee joint instabilities.

To address common knee injuries, including anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) ruptures, the Xeleton provides prophylactic and rehabilitative support after a cruciate ligament injury, rupture or surgery. The device also has anti-migration features built into its design.

Consisting of an aluminum frame and a strap system that provides custom fits to patients, the various configurations of the Xeleton brace can accommodate the ACL, the posterior cruciate ligament, or combined instabilities. The brace can be worn while standing, walking or climbing stairs, and its four-point rigid frame provides patients with stability while limiting tibial subluxation (both anterior and posterior).

Otto Bock HealthCare was created in 1958 as the American corporate arm of Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH, based in Duderstadt, Germany. The U.S. division, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., bills itself as the world's largest manufacturer of prosthetic components.
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Publication:Orthopedic Design & Technology
Date:Jan 1, 2012
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