A pre-selected joint simplifies the unlocking method by breaking
it down into two steps.
- The patient pre-sets the joint to the unlock position. The patient
remains stable until they are ready to sit.
- With both hands holding on to their walker the patient gently
stands more upright. This action takes the load off the connecting
plates and the joints snap unlocked!
Patients using RGOs with conventional hip joints are sometimes
afraid to unlock their hip joints for fear of losing balance because
they must let go with one hand to unlock the joint. This leaves
the patient in a very unstable condition with the danger of the
torso pitching forward. As described above the pre-selected hip
joint eliminates this hazard.
- Safer and independent hip joint unlocking means more independence
and greater self-esteem.
- The Center for Orthotics Design lower hip joint bars are interchangeable
with the medium or large Fillauer, Inc., hip joints.