E-MAG Active

E-MAG Active

The E-MAG Active is an innovative stance control Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis (KAFO). The E-MAG Active has an intelligent sensor and electromagnets built into the device. This advanced technology can determine the orientation of the leg in space and will automatically lock and unlock the knee joint accordingly. The knee joint will automatically lock in weight bearing preventing the knee from collapsing in walking and standing. Unlike more traditional KAFO’s the E-MAG Active will then automatically unlock when the leg is swinging through allowing for a much more natural walking pattern.

The knee lock can also be manually unlocked to enable free movement if required for specific activities e.g. riding a bicycle or sitting. The E-MAG Active is calibrated to your needs and abilities, providing you the optimal support at all times. This does also mean if you are undergoing rehabilitation the E-MAG Active can be adjusted to accommodate any improvements you may make.

The E-MAG is made of carbon fibre so it is very thin, durable and lightweight.

What are the indications for use of an E-MAG Active?

There are many indications for using an E-MAG Active. These include:

  • Paralysis or failure of knee extensor muscles
  • Knee instability

If you are unsure if you would be suitable for an E-MAG Active please contact us to discuss.

What conditions are an E-MAG Active often used for?

An E-MAG Active is often used for the following conditions:

  • Poliomyelitis
  • Post-Polio syndrome
  • Partial paralysis

This list of conditions is not exhaustive. If you are unsure if you would be suitable for an E-MAG Active please contact us to discuss.

What are the benefits of an E-MAG Active?

There are many benefits that come from using an E-MAG Active. These include:

  • Reduces compensatory movement often associated with fixed knee KAFO’s
  • Increases walking speed
  • Increase confidence
  • Improved control of the leg during stance phase of walking
  • Free movement of your knee during swing phase of walking
  • Increased stability
  • Large range of adjustments available to provide individualised support
  • Unique features enabling extended function e.g. riding a bicycle
  • Can be used by those with limited or no ankle function
  • Can be used on both legs

There are many benefits using an E-MAG Active to find out more please contact us to discuss.

What is the process to be receive an E-MAG Active?

The process to receive an E-MAG Active would be:

The orthotist will carry out a physical examination to ensure that you are suitable for the E-MAG Active. This will include muscle power tests, range of movement tests and gathering a relevant medical history. If you are suitable for the E-MAG Active a series of measurements plus a plaster cast or scan of your leg can be taken. At this point the orthotist will discuss with you the specific design characteristics of your E-MAG Active KAFO, including if you require a single or double knee joint, plus which is the best ankle joint for you.

A trial E-MAG Active KAFO is then manufactured using a clear plastic rather than carbon fibre. This is a good opportunity for the orthotist to check the fit of the device against the skin and also for you to trial the device in the clinic. Following a successful trial the final carbon fibre E-MAG Active can be ordered. If the trial is not successful you can withdraw from the process at this point.

The next appointment is for the final fitting of the carbon fibre E-MAG Active KAFO. At this appointment the orthotist will set the KAFO up to optimise function. The orthotist will also give wear and care advice for your device.

All our E-MAG Active KAFO’s come with a 6 week initial review appointment and a 6 month review appointment. We really value these appointments so we can ensure you are getting the full capability from your E-MAG Active KAFO.

How do I arrange an assessment for an E-MAG Active?

To get in touch or arrange an appointment, you can call us at 0330 088 3949 or email office@orthotics.co.uk.

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