Neurorehabilitation: Assisting the Nerves
Nerves are information carriers – they transmit messages to our muscles. When we want to move, our brain or spinal cord – the central nervous system (CNS) – sends out the corresponding messages. But if nerves or the CNS are damaged, the transmission of information to the muscles is disrupted.
When nerve damage limits your mobility, various medical devices can assist the body. Orthoses provide stability and support. In case of more severe paralysis, wheelchairs with special equipment help handle everyday life more easily. Functional electrical stimulation (FES) goes a step further: with this progressive fitting, the nerves are stimulated in the vicinity of the muscles. This sends a signal to the muscles so they actively move the body again.
From orthoses and wheelchairs to functional electrical stimulation: the focus is on benefits in everyday life. That is how we measure the quality of medical devices. We therefore work closely with doctors, therapists and orthopaedic technicians. Our goal is for you to move, take part in everyday life and enjoy the training of certain body regions, notwithstanding the limitations.
When an intact nerve no longer receives signals from the central nervous system (CNS), then it should be possible to stimulate the nerve artificially! This was the conclusion reached by researchers that led them to develop functional electrical stimulation (FES) for the body.
Damage to the central nervous system (CNS) can result in hemiplegia (paralysis on one side). Therefore a wheelchair should be equipped so it helps compensate for these impairments. One example is a wheelchair that is propelled with just one hand.
What are Ottobock products measured against? The concept of evidence plays a major role: here the interplay of experience and science is key – and therefore the development of the best possible individual fitting solutions and concepts.
The "Mobility after a Stroke" concept provides comprehensive support for stroke patients. It is presented in partnership with the German Stroke Foundation as well as select clinics and medical supply companies. These partners provide advice on the best medical devices to support active living.