Virtual Symposium for Healthcare Professionals


First experiences from clinical routine in neurorehabilitation with microprocessor swing and stand phase controlled knee-ankle-foot orthosis: What clinical best practice can be shared so far?

Get in touch with clinical experts and their first experiences in clinical routine. I Virtual Symposium for Healthcare Professionals I Language: English

Tuesday October 18, 2022 I 16:00 – 17:30 CET (Berlin Time)

In the neurorehabilitation of distal limb paresis currently a paradigm shift started due to the availability of the first microprocessor controlled stance and swing phase knee-ankle-foot orthosis. This also means that the focus of interest is on the first experiences and data and outcome assessment in clinical routine.

In this afternoon symposium we will devote ourselves to the outcome measures of a microprocessor controlled stance and swing phase knee-ankle-foot orthosis in neurorehabilitation in clinical routine.

Join us to enjoy the insights presented by clinical and research experts.


Virtual Symposium schedule

16:00 CET

Welcome and Introduction

Chair/Moderator: Prof. Dr. Bernhard Greitemann, Klinik Münsterland am RehaKlinikum Bad Rothenfelde (Germany)

16:05 CET

C-Brace: Biomechanical Aspects and Study Results

Dr. Thomas Schmalz, Head of the Lab for Biomechanics Ottobock, Göttingen (Germany)

16:30 CET

First remarkable results of a RCT C-Brace 2 user study cohort at the PolioCenter Koblenz/Germany

Dr. med. Axel Ruetz, Head of Klinik für Konservative Orthopädie & Polio-Zentrum Katholisches Klinikum Koblenz Montabaur (Germany)

17:00 CET

C-Brace fittings from 2012 to today; Experiences - improvements – results
Mona Seifert-Maciejczyk,  Dipl. Orthopädie-Techniker-Meisterin, Managing Director Seifert Technische Orthopädie GmbH, Bad Krozingen (Germany)

17:20 CET

Panel Discussion

17:30 CET

Wrap up and Closing


Registration for Healthcare Professionals


Dr. med. Axel Ruetz

Dr. Ruetz starts practicing as physician in the German Medical Corps, Military, is specialized in orthopedics and trauma surgery and holds a doctor degree in Sport Medicine Science. His main research focus is on post - polio syndrome and he was engaged in the founding of a Polio Reha Clinic for outpatients in the Hufland Clinics Bad Ems. He is speaker of the medical scientific council of the German Polio Association (Bundesverband Polio e.V), Medical Advicer for Orthopedic Technic Giuld Board in Westgermany and Member of medical scientific council German Association for Muscle Patients (DGM e.V.). Furthermore he is engaged in disability sports as German Federation of Disables Doctor for Paralympic Sitting Volleyball and acts as a National Classifier for Paralympic sitting volleyball.

Prof. Rütz

Dr. Thomas Schmalz

Thomas Schmalz holds a PhD in sports biomechanics and is a graduated physicist from his background. He started his career with Ottobock in 1994, actual he is the head of the Biomechanics Laboratory at the Otto Bock´s Clinical Research & Service Department. His primary areas of expertise include gait analysis, applied research in orthotics, prosthetics, rehabilitation and orthopaedics, EMG and metabolic energy consumption. Additionally, he holds lecturing positions in the subject of biomechanics at the Technical University Clausthal-Zellerfeld, the Private University of Applied Sciences Göttingen, and the University of Gießen.

Dr. Thomas Schmalz

Mona Seifert-Maciejczyk

From her educational background, Mona Seifert-Maciejczyk is an orthopedic technician. She starts her career as a trainee at the Gottinger company in Zorneding, a village close to Munich,  with a core area on pediatric orthopedics, and she finished her diploma in Bad Krozingen, Germany, in 2010. With a main focus on custom made orthotics for the lower and upper extremities, upper extremity prostheses, and silicon manufacture, she has served as managing director of Seifert Technical Orthotics GmbH, Bad Krozingen, since 2012. She attended the Business Academy in Freiburg and the Bundesfachschule for Orthopedic Technology in Dortmund while pursuing her master´s degree; she has had that degree since 2015.

Mona Seifert-Maciejczyk

Prof. Dr. med. Dipl. oec Bernhard Greitemann

Reha-Klinikum Bad Rothenfelde, Klinik Münsterland der DRV Westfalen (Germany)

Prof Greitemann is Medical Director and Chief Orthopaedic Surgeon, Münsterland Rehabilitation Hospital, Bad Rothenfelde, since 1994 and started his career as physiotherapist. He holds a second university degree in health care economics at the University Chur/University of Applied Science Köln. He has been involved in the respective boards of the German Society of Orthopaedics and Orthopaedic Surgery, the German Society for Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery, the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (President Germany) as well as the German Association for Rehabilitation. Since 2017, Prof. Greitemann has also been Deputy Chairman of the German Society for Interprofessional Aid Supply. The physician is particularly scientifically committed in the field of rehabilitation sciences.

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