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Orfit HP 5-points mask and the Orfit SBRT compression belt investigated in 2 posters at ESTRO 2016

27 May, 2016 | Tags: , , | Categorised in:

Two posters in which Orfit products have been investigated were presented at ESTRO 2016. The first poster (EP-1785) by Damodara Kumaran compared setup errors and comfort levels of an Orfit HP 5 points thermoplastic mask and a BrainLAB immobilization system. Overall, the Orfit HP 5 points mask and BrainLAB system were comparable in terms of setup errors, margins and comfort levels.

Poster EP-1785 ESTRO 2016

The second poster (EP-2097) describes the reproducibility of the Orfit SBRT compression belt. Research performed by Bouwhuis S. indicated that the patient friendly setting of the compression belt is reproducible and safe to correctly deliver the dose in stereotactic radiotherapy of the liver.

Poster EP-2097 ESTRO 2016

For more information about Orfit innovative immobilization products and a complete overview of our thermoplastic masks you can consult the Orfit website.

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UNRWA thanks Orfit for donation of orthotic equipment

23 May, 2016 | | Categorised in:

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At Orfit Industries, our goal is to help as many patients as possible anywhere in the world. In 2015, we decided to help the UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, in providing immediate assistance to patients who required orthotics and prosthetics support in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. For this purpose we donated thermoplastic splinting materials and accessories (around 1,600 items, including heat guns, thermoplastic sheets, Orficast, precuts, water baths, …) and we provided training to two physiotherapists.

UNRWA has now sent us a thank you message to let us know what they have been able to do with the donated materials:

“Both the West Bank and Gaza found the materials very useful, easy to fabricate, simple in remodeling and leading to an expansion of the current range of possibilities for splint fabrication. They were particularly useful for patients with post traumatic deformities, such as fracture and nerve injuries.”

In addition, UNRWA informed us that the physiotherapists who attended a three-day training on the application of thermoplastic splints in our head office in Wijnegem have already been able to train four other therapists in the field.

We are very glad that we could extend a helping hand and that our products and training made a difference.

Read UNRWA’s entire message to Orfit Industries here (PDF) >

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Mallet finger orthosis (wrapping or pinching method) – Orficast Instructional Videos 21 and 22

4 May, 2016 | Tags: , | Categorised in:

These videos demonstrate how to make an orthosis for a tendinous mallet finger, positioning the DIP in hyperextension.

The first one uses a wrap technique.

The second one uses a pinch method.


Used materials: Orficast Black (width: 3 cm, video 1) or Orficast Blue (width: 6 cm, video 2)

More information: http://www.orfit.com/en/orficast/

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Orthosis for De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis – Orficast Instructional Video 19

2 May, 2016 | Tags: | Categorised in:

This video demonstrates how to fabricate a radial gutter immobilization orthosis for patients with a diagnosis of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, a tendinitis of the extensor tendons of the first dorsal compartment.

Used materials: Orficast Blue (width: 6 cm), hook and loop tape.
More information: http://www.orfit.com/en/orficast/

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Counterforce Strap Orthoses for the Treatment of Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow

29 April, 2016 | Tags: , , , | Categorised in:

Pathology: Tennis Elbow

‘Tennis Elbow’ or ‘Lateral Epicondylitis’ refers to a common complaint of pain and discomfort in the lateral elbow and upper forearm, and tenderness of the forearm extensor muscles. In this condition, there is a degeneration of the origin of these muscles, weakening this area. This is thought to be an overuse injury and it can have a major impact on one’s activities of daily living.

Tennis Elbow

Since the initial conservative management of Lateral Epicondylitis is focused on decreasing symptoms of pain and discomfort in the elbow and forearm, counterforce straps are used to broaden the area of applied stress to the common extensor tendon muscle origin by providing dispersive pressure over this area, and by decreasing the expansion of the extensor muscles during contraction.  The strap is placed just distal to the elbow and provides compression over the extensor muscle mass; it is typically secured during fist- making and should feel comfortable and not too tight.

A study published by Jafarian FS et al (JOSPT, 2009) demonstrated that using the counterforce strap resulted in increased pain free grip strength, an outcome measured frequently in the evaluation of patients with Tennis Elbow.

Pathology: Golfer’s Elbow Continue reading

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Anti-wrist radial deviation orthosis – Orficast Instructional Video 17

28 April, 2016 | Tags: | Categorised in:

This video demonstrates how to fabricate an anti-wrist radial deviation orthosis with a dynamic pull on the ulnar side, used for example in case of rheumatoid arthritis of the wrist.

Used materials: Orficast Blue (width: 6 cm), Orficast Black (width: 3 cm), hook and loop tape, Orfitube, elastic thread.
More information: http://www.orfit.com/en/orficast/

More information on dynamic splinting components: http://www.orfit.com/en/physical-rehabilitation-dynamic-splinting-components/

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6 novelties to be presented at ESTRO 2016

28 April, 2016 | Tags: | Categorised in:

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On April 29, ESTRO 35 will start. Like each year, Orfit Industries will exhibit at the congress and will introduce various new products in the field of immobilization and positioning for radiation oncology.

These are 6 of the new products that will be introduced at ESTRO.

1. Orfit High Precision Lung Board

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The new Orfit High Precision Lung Board has a unique and innovative feature with its T-shaped hand grip that is adjustable in height. This feature increases patient comfort and positioning reproducibility. The arms can be easily extended above the head for treatments in the thorax and lung area. The hand grip can be moved in inferior and superior direction and locks once in place.

The lung board can be combined with the standard Orfit High Precision Head Supports with cranial stop.

More information about the Lung Board >

2. HP PRO Solution for proton therapyHP-PRO-SOLUTION-Orfit Continue reading

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