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C-Brace: Computer-controlled leg orthosis from Ottobock

The computer-controlled leg orthosis C-Brace from Ottobock creates completely new possibilities for paralyzed or partially paralyzed legs. Primary use of the Ottobock c brace (c-leg) for unilateral paralysis.

Your concrete advantages:

  • With 3D motion detection
  • Unobtrusive to wear, even under clothing
  • Battery lasts 24 hours

Functions and advantages

Everything you need to know about the features and benefits of the C-Brace: Computer-controlled leg orthosis from Ottobock need to know.

The C-Brace is a computer-controlled orthosis that can help you bend your leg under load. This makes everyday activities such as sitting down, walking on slopes and even climbing stairs possible again. With the C-Brace, you can regain your independence and confidence and live your life without fear of falling. We will show you how the C-Brace works and what it can do for you. Let us advise you in detail about the possibilities. You are not alone with the C-Brace! The C-Brace is a computer-controlled orthosis that can help you bend your leg under load. This makes everyday activities such as sitting down, walking on slopes and even climbing stairs possible again.

The C-Brace® consists of a thigh, lower leg and foot part, which are all individually manufactured. An ankle joint (unilateral or bilateral fitting) or an individual spring element connects the foot part to the lower leg part.

The C-Brace® leg orthosis from OttoBock is a computer-controlled orthosis that offers the user unprecedented freedom of movement. The new sensor technology makes the entire movement process even more dynamic and sensitive, allowing the user to make adjustments to their joint via smartphone app. Theapp also lets you switch between different modes, such as bike mode, to further customize the experience.

 

Motor fine tuning

 

Adjustment of a physiological gait pattern in the stance and swing phase.

The C-Brace® consists of individually fabricated femoral, tibial and foot components connected by an ankle joint (unilateral or bilateral fitting) or an individual spring element.

With the C-Brace® joint, you can optimize your gait and the performance of different hurdles in everyday life.

C-Brace® thus recognizes which phase of walking the user is in. It can regulate the hydraulic resistances and control the flexion and extension of the knee.

  • Can also be worn under clothing
  • Good to wear due to the lightweight design
  • Equipped with a new sensor technology
  • Dynamic and sensitive motion sequence
  • Simple supply process
  • Settings can also be made by the user via app
  • More natural motion sequences
  • Controlled walking even on uneven ground
  • Easier walking on slopes
  • Walking down stairs in alternating steps
  • Sitting down in a controlled, smooth movement
  • Walking requires less physical strength
  • Fewer compensatory movements required, resulting in better posture and less consequential damage
  • Movable ankle joint enables more natural treading and rolling
  • The view can be directed forward
  • Unobtrusive to wear, even under clothing - Powerful battery lasts all day when charged
  • Indicator tone signals too low charge level - automatic safety mode is activated
  • Second mode available for e.g. cycling - modes adjustable via smartphone app


Freedom of movement

 

Walking slowly and quickly, walking on slopes or uneven terrain, avoiding tripping situations, walking down stairs in alternating steps, or bending the leg under load.

 

Extremely inconspicuous

 

The new C-Brace® is small so that it can be worn inconspicuously, even under clothing. It is lightweight so that the user requires less force when walking.

 

Security

 

C-Brace® reacts in real time, which provides safety, even in possible tripping situations: The user can step and sit with the knee bent, walk on uneven terrain and on slopes.

 

App control

 

Users can conveniently control their C-Brace® using the Cockpit App, e.g. when switching to cycling mode.

Before you can go it alone, there is a three-step plan:

 

  • Training without orthosis
  • Training with orthosis
  • Individual gait training with the orthosis


The therapy exercises, which are performed without an orthosis, are mainly aimed at improving mobility and muscle strength.

 

  • Bending under load
  • Sit down
  • Stair climbing
  • Ramps


The benefits of training:

 

  • Individual operating modes adjustable by orthopedic technician
  • A natural posture is worked out in therapy and can thereby reduce one-sided physical overload and resulting damage
  • Reduced effort compared to locked orthoses
  • Increased sense of security and newly experienced mobility increase quality of life
  • Strengthening of previously little used muscles
  • Reduction of muscle atrophies
  • Contractures and immobilization-related joint damage can be avoided
  • Cardiovascular performance is maintained for everyday activities

The abbreviation SSCO® stands for Stance and Swing Phase Control Orthosis and means that both the swing and stance phases of walking are controlled by the orthosis. SSCO® is the solution for people with paralysis symptoms.


The C-Brace® is a revolutionary new orthotic device that can help you regain your mobility and independence. The C-Brace® uses advanced sensor technology to provide real-time feedback and support to help you move freely and confidently. Whether you walk, run or ride a bike, the C-Brace® can help you stay active and mobile. With the C-Brace®, you can experience many new ways to move! For example, when you swing your leg forward, the cushioning decreases, and when you stand, it increases so that you can assume a natural, slightly bent posture with your leg.

FAQ - Frequently asked questions

Let us advise you!

Yes it will. Talk to us.

Before you are fitted with a C brace® orthosis, your certified orthopaedic technician can use a diagnostic test orthosis to find out whether you are able to use the functions of the c brace ottobock for yourself.

This depends on your prerequisites and the therapy. We do not want to make a recommendation here based on incorrect assessments.

Training and adjunctive therapy are part of every care.

The orthosis is not waterproof. Showering is not possible. However, with the Aqualine orthosis system from Ottobock, there is a waterproof walking aid that is specially designed for the conditions in wet areas.

Although the orthosis is heavier than normal systems, studies have ruled out any adverse effects.

Walking is reinforced in real time, which provides safety. The orthosis can react quickly due to the sensors. Your movements become more natural and rounded.

In principle, yes. However, the pants should then fit tightly so that they do not wrinkle and cause pressure points. Most patients wear the orthosis directly on the skin.

Driving a vehicle with an orthosis depends on the respective national regulations... The orthosis-supplied leg must not interfere with the control of the motor vehicle (e.g. operation of accelerator and brake). However, there are other possibilities, such as retrofitting the car e.g. with hand controls.

In principle, you can wear all shoes. However, the orthopaedic technician will adjust the C-Brace® to a heel height that you should then maintain. Under certain circumstances, you will use one size more than before in order to have enough space for the foot part.

The risk of slipping with the foot part would be too great. In addition, the heel height would change as a result.

You should load the orthosis daily.

An advisory tone warns you beforehand. After that, the orthosis goes into a safety mode. Here it maintains a certain damping. The technician determines this together with you in advance.

You can have another mode set, for example for cycling. You can control the second mode via the app.

The c-brace orthosis system should be stored upright to prevent air from accumulating in the hydraulics.

If you have any further questions, please contact us!

Leg Orthosis c Brace Cost: At least five figures. Please contact us about the c-brace cost, as the price varies greatly from individual to individual.

Please contact us. We try to recommend previous users for independent advice. We will be happy to connect you with a suitable local cbrace medical supply store partner. The Ottobock cbrace is offered by many partners, because the cbrace leg orthosis is in great demand.

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Who is the Ottobock C-Brace suitable for and who is it not suitable for?

The c-brace indications:

In principle, the C-Brace® is suitable for all neurological indications of the lower extremities. First and foremost, these are incomplete paraplegia (lesion height between L1 and L5) with very little or no spasticity as well as the condition after poliomyelitis, post-polio syndrome and multiple sclerosis. Important here:

  • The patient must be able to fully stabilize the trunk and stand freely
  • The muscle strength of the hip extensors and flexors must allow a controlled swing through of the affected leg
  • Compensation by means of hip swing is possible


Contraindications & for whom it is not suitable?

  • Flexion contracture in the knee and / or hip joint over 10°.
  • Knee varus / valgus malalignment above 10
  • Moderate to severe spasticity
  • Leg length difference over 15 cm
  • Orthoprosthesis / Dysmelia
  • Body weight over 125 kg

Exact indications:

  • Unilateral or bilateral leg paresis or flaccid paralysis caused by e.g. post-polio syndrome, traumatic paresis incl. paraplegia
  • The decisive factors are the physical conditions, such as muscle status, joint mobility and possible axis deviations, which must ensure safe control of the orthosis
  • Users must meet the physical and mental requirements for the perception of optical/acoustic signals and/or mechanical vibrations
  • The existing muscle strength of the hip extensors and flexors must allow controlled advancement of the lower extremity (compensation by means of the trunk is possible). Passive flexion of the knee joint must be possible.
  • Cbrace in MS is also possible

Company information

Facts & Figures

Paexo is the industrial brand of Ottobock, the world's largest provider of orthotic, prosthetic and exoskeletal solutions and stands for "Passive Exoskeleton". Mollii Suit was founded by Fredrik Lundqvist. Later, Nicolas Loren Abboud and Malte Binting joined the team as co-founders. Later, the company was acquired by Ottobock in 2021 to strengthen the Neuro Orthetics division.

Company address

  • Otto Bock HealthCare Germany GmbH
  • Max Näder Street 15
  • D-37115 Duderstadt
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