Quality for life.
For more than 100 years, Ottobock has been researching, developing, and collaborating with specialists to develop innovative orthopedic devices. Our goal is to help people move more freely and with less pain, correct malpositions, and provide effective support every step of the way. Ottobock’s orthotic solutions are designed to allow for healing, support, and improved mobility, whether patients are experiencing temporary or permanently impaired limbs.
Arm and shoulder joint orthoses
Arm, shoulder joint, and elbow joint orthoses and supports can help provide relief in everyday life.
Hand orthoses and hand supports
Wrist supports and hand orthoses offer targeted support, stabilizing, relieving, and supporting your hand and wrist during recovery from an injury or surgery.
Hip orthoses help relieve acute pain or discomfort and correct malpositions. They have also been shown to deliver excellent results when treating hip dysplasia in newborns.
Leg and knee orthoses
Ottobock leg orthoses and knee orthoses help to stabilize and relieve pain in impaired limbs and joints.
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Diagnoses and symptoms that benefit from orthoses
If you have arthrosis, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, a torn ligament, a stroke or an ankle joint injury, you may benefit from using a special support or orthosis to relieve your symptoms. Orthopedic devices can improve your mobility, healing, and freedom to move by relieving pain and symptoms that affect your daily life. Learn more about what might work best for you.
What’s the difference between an orthosis and a support?
In general, an orthosis is made of a sturdy, rigid material and includes functional elements such as straps, stirrups, joints or rods. Depending on the requirement, they can be used to immobilize (prevent movement), mobilize, relieve or stabilize a certain area of the body, or to correct malpositions in limbs and joints. In other words, an orthosis can be used either to completely immobilize the affected part of the body or to mobilize it in a controlled manner. Orthoses can also be used to correct the position or movement of a limb. In addition, there are special neuro-orthoses that can replace missing or impaired body functions. These are used in cases where an individual has complete or partial paralysis in their arms or legs following a stroke or an illness such as polio. If you believe an orthosis could help, you should always start by consulting your doctor. They will examine you carefully and tell you if an orthosis is the right orthopedic device for your specific symptoms. Ideally, the doctor will then consult an O&P professional to find the appropriate product for your needs.
Unlike orthoses, supports are generally made of flexible fabrics combined with pads (elastic inserts integrated into the support). In most cases, supports are used to stabilize joints. First, the flexible fabric exerts a certain amount of pressure on the affected body part, which in turn stimulates muscle receptors. The integrated pads also massage the joint area, which helps to reduce oedema, bruising and hematoma. As with orthoses, supports should only be used after a thorough examination by a doctor. Working together with your doctor and an O&P professional, you will be able to find an appropriate product that is locally available.