The Prosthetics Department at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) recently organised a training workshop on the use of a new technique known as C-BRACE for lower extremity straightening in patients with limb deformities.

The three-day workshop was conducted by the Ottobock Academy, the organisation responsible for developing the technique, and was held at Qatar Rehabilitation Institute (QRI). It was attended by a number of healthcare professionals from QRI, the Occupational Therapy Unit and the Prosthetics Department.

Breakthrough technology

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HMC Prosthetics Department Supervisor Aamer Ahmad Hawaftha said the newly introduced technique is considered a breakthrough in limb straightening technology and will have a great impact on the quality of life for prosthetic patients who live with lower limb paralysis due to spinal or cerebral injury, muscular weakness, polio or other disorders.

This innovative technique involves installing an electronic supporting device on the patients’ lower limbs. It can be programmed to suit the patients’ needs and simulates the functional movement of joints, thus minimising, to a great extent, the effort exerted by patients, giving them more mobility and independence.

The workshop featured training sessions on the installation and programming of the new device as well as training for patients on its proper use to achieve optimum outcome. Participants in the workshop have been awarded an international certificate.

Prosthetic Services are available at QRI, Rumailah Hospital and Hazm Mebaireek General Hospital. These services, which are provided by highly trained specialists in the field of rehabilitation, prosthetics and occupational therapy, are aimed to improve the patients’ quality of life.

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