Research

In its continued commitment to create high-quality braces that improve the mobility and quality of life for patients, Ultraflex partners with medical and technical researchers to continuously improve, discover and innovate.

Ultraflex advances its technologies through Level 2 evidence-based, research and information using the latest materials and current clinical concepts. The company follows all HIPAA, FDA and CE mark regulations and standards, and uses ethical scientific methods for all its technologies, testing and studies.

  1. Wren TA, Dryden JW, Mueske NM, Dennis SW, Healy BS, Rethlefsen SA. Comparison of 2 orthotic approaches in children with cerebral palsy. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2015 Fall; 27(3):218-26. doi: 10.1097/PEP.0000000000000153.
  2. Heymann I, Laluc A, Paysant J. Dynamic vs. static KAFO orthoses in the treatment of knee flexion contractures in children with cerebral palsy. Paper presented at: 4th International Cerebral Palsy Conference; October 10 13, 2012; Pisa, Italy.
  3. Smith KM, DeHarde M. Adjustable dynamic response™. The Academy Today. 2011;7(2).
  4. Bowman T. Single-case study: traditional thermoplastic AFO versus adjustable dynamic response™–a crossover single-case study. J Prosthet Orthot. 2010;22:84-90.
  5. Hardy K, Suever K, Sprague A, Hermann V, Levine P, Page SJ. Combined bracing, electrical stimulation, and functional practice for chronic, upper-extremity spasticity. Am J Occup Ther. 2010;64: 720-726.
  6. Stevens P, Fross N, Kapp S. Clinically relevant outcome measures in orthotics and prosthetics. The Academy Today. 2009;5(1).
  7. Wening J, Huskey M, Hasso D, Aruin A, Rao N. The effects of an AFO on gait parameters of acute and chronic hemiplegic subjects. The Academy Today. 2009;5(1).
  8. Yasukawa A, Cassar M. Children with elbow extension forearm rotation limitation: functional outcomes using the forearm rotation elbow orthosis. J Prosthet Orthot. 2009;21:160-166.
  9. Bowman T. Managing gait deviations with adjustable dynamic response. The Academy Today. 2008;4(2).
  10. Cusick B. Pediatric Foot and Ankle Development and Deformity Management Why and How. Progressive GaitWays, LLC; 2008.
  11. Fatone S, Campbell J. The use of ankle foot orthoses in the management of stroke. American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association, Inc. Evidence Note Number 1 November 2008.
  12. Yasukawa A, Lulinski J, Thornton L, Jaudes P. Improving elbow and wrist range of motion using a dynamic and static combination orthosis. J Prosthet Orthot. 2008;20-41-48.
  13. Bjornson KF, Belza B, Kartin D, Logsdon R, McLaughlin JF. Ambulatory physical activity performance in youth with cerebral palsy and youth who are developing typically. Phys Ther. 2007;87:248-257.
  14. Cusick B. Serial Casting for the Restoration of Soft-Tissue Extensibility in the Ankle and Foot. Version 3.d. Progressive GaitWays, LLC; 2007.
  15. Ozer K, Chesher SP, Scheker LR. Neuromuscular electrical stimulation and dynamic bracing for the management of upper extremity spasticity in children with cerebral palsy. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2006;48:559-563.
  16. Stevens P, DiBello T. The use of dynamic orthoses in reducing knee flexion contractures in a pediatric patient with myelomeningocele. The Academy Today. 2006;2(4).
  17. Farmer SE, Woolam PJ, Patrick JH, Roberts AP, Bromwich W. Dynamic orthoses in the management of joint contracture. J Bone Joint Surg. 2005;87-B:291-5.
  18. McDonald CM, Widman L, Abresch RT, Walsh SA, Walsh DD. Utility of a step activity monitor for the measurement of daily ambulatory activity in children.Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2005;86:793-801.
  19. Smith KM. A new design for the management of the cerebral palsy hip. The Academy Today. 2005;1(2).
  20. Gage JR. The Treatment of Gait Problems in Cerebral Palsy. London: Mac Keith Press; 2004.
  21. Owen E. Tuning of ankle-foot orthosis combinations for children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other conditions. Paper presented at: Proceedings of European Society of Movement Analysis in Adults and Children (ESMAC) Seminars 2004; September 23 25, 2004; Warsaw, Poland.
  22. Condie E, Campbell J, Martina J. Report of a consensus conference on the orthotic management of stroke patients. International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics; September 21 26 2003; Netherlands.
  23. Yasukawa A, Malas BS, Gaebler-Spira DJ. Efficacy for maintenance of elbow range of motion of two types of orthotic devices: a case series. J Prosthet Orthot. 2003;15:72-77.
  24. Scheker LR, Chesher SP, Ramirez S. Neuromuscular electrical stimulation and dynamic bracing as a treatment for upper-extremity spasticity with children with cerebral palsy. J Hand Surg Am. 1999; 24:226-232.

Research in Action

Ultraflex currently has a number of potentially breakthrough new products, concepts and prototypes for many challenging rehab needs.