Sarasota, Fla., August 3, 2012 – Sarasota, Florida resident and Hanger Clinic patient Peter Goldblatt is the first person in the U.S. to be fit with the C-Brace, the first orthotic bracing system that employs the same type of technology that has made bionic prosthetic limbs so revolutionary. Several Florida-based media outlets interviewed Goldblatt and his Hanger Clinic orthotist Chris Toelle to learn more about the new technology:
WFTS-TV (ABC): Sarasota man is first to use bionic leg in the United States
WWSB-TV (ABC): Sarasota man first to test bionic leg brace
WTSP-TV (CBS): Man uses revolutionary leg brace he helped design
Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Sarasotan is first in U.S. with revolutionary leg brace
Yet to be launched, the new bionic leg bracing system will help people like Goldblatt walk more normally despite paralysis due to incomplete spinal cord injury, post-polio syndrome, and other debilitating physical conditions. The C-Brace can be compared to the C-Leg prosthetic device, but for those with paralysis. The C-Leg is a microprocessor-controlled prosthetic leg that has dramatically improved the lives of amputees by providing a prosthesis that functions as close to a natural leg as possible. Until now, hydraulic systems – such as those used in the C-Leg – have not been used in orthotics. The standard function of current orthotic systems has been limited exclusively to the locking and releasing of the knee joint. With the C-Brace, the entire gait cycle is controlled physiologically, using microprocessors and sensors, in real time – for the first time ever.
Goldbatt, who lives with his wife of 47 years, Joan, in Sarasota, contracted polio at age two and was forced to wear braces on both legs as a young child prior to undergoing multiple lower extremity surgeries as a pre-teen. For the last several years Goldbatt has suffered a gradual loss of muscle function in both legs resulting in many falls and a number of broken bones. Since testing the C-Brace over the past eight months, Goldbatt has not fallen, no longer experiences knee pain, isn’t hyper-extending his knee like he did before, is walking with a more normal gait, and doesn’t tire as quickly throughout the day. He has even returned to some of his favorite activities like flying radio-controlled model airplanes, boating and fishing. He is also now able to travel with Joan with more confidence; in fact, they recently returned from a three-week vacation visiting family in New York and Boston.
The C-Brace won’t be available widespread until later this year, but since Hanger was the only U.S.-based clinical team who partnered with the German manufacturer Otto Bock on the testing of the device, a select number of Hanger patients are the very first and only patients in the United States who are benefiting from the new technology.
About Hanger – Founded in 1861 by James Edward Hanger, the first amputee of the Civil War, Hanger, Inc. (NYSE: HGR) owns and operates 56 Hanger Clinic locations in Florida and 700+ nationwide. Specializing in integrated rehabilitative solutions, the certified clinicians of Hanger provide patients with the latest in orthotic and prosthetic solutions, including microprocessor-controlled prosthetic limbs for amputees and neuromuscular technologies for those with paralysis due to stroke, MS and other debilitating conditions. After a six-month celebration of its 150th anniversary, on February 1, 2012 Hanger unveiled a comprehensive new brand identity to position the company for the future. The new brand includes renaming the parent company from Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc. to “Hanger, Inc.”, and referring to the patient care business as “Hanger Clinic” (formerly Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics). For more information on Hanger and the new brand, visit www.hanger.com, or follow us on www.Facebook.com/HangerNews, www.Twitter.com/HangerNews, and www.YouTube.com/HangerNews.
Jennifer Bittner, Hanger, Inc.
Krisita Burket, Hanger, Inc.
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