Orthopädie + Reha-technik 2008

Mobile everyday-aids help to support a self-determined, independent lifestyle for the dissabled and their relatives. At the worldwide leading fair Orthopädie + Reha-techni (21 to 24 May 2008) doctors, therapists and technicians discuss global innovations in research and industry in the field of rehabilitation technology. The 400+ anticipated exhibitors will display the latest products on the global market for orthopedic technicians, orthopedic shoe technicians, rehabilitation equipment technicians and health care supplies, with the organisers also expecting over 15,000 visitors.

Numerous exhibitors such as Hiro Lift, Meyra Ortopedia, Otto Bock Healthcare and Reha Partner are presenting their products and services from the rehabilitation sector in Leipzig. "The Orthopädie + Reha-technik is the global exhibition in the field of orthopaedics, " explains Bernd Lohmüller, Marketing Director at Meyra Ortopedia. "We are therefore using the fair to launch our new 'Orthopaedics' business unit on the market. In addition, we are also exhibiting products in our core segment, rehabilitation technology." The rehabilitation technology firms Albrecht, Hoggi, Lifta and RehaNorm Bingen are participating in the fair for the first time. Once again, innovations and care ideas on the theme of children's rehabilitation will be presented by the 23 member companies of the "rehaKIND - Internationale Fördergemeinschaft Kinder- und Jugendrehabilitation e.V." association.

The rehaKIND network includes Ato Form, BeRollKa, Coloplast, EO-Funktion, Hartmann Rechtsanwälte, Hollister Incorporated, Humanis, Kayser Betten, Kid(z) & Co., Meybrand, Meyra Ortopedia, Otto Bock Healthcare, Permobil, ProWalk, R 82, Reha Partner, Rehatec, Rehavista, Schuchmann, SORG, Sunrise Medical, Thomashilfen and the publishers verlag modernes lernen.

The world congress is held parallel to the fair. It combines science, research, training and practice. Over a four-day period, 270 doctors, therapists, engineers and technicians will present papers in 50 themed blocks, covering rehabilitation technology, orthopaedic technology, orthopaedic shoe technology, sports medicine, compression therapy and various medical conditions. Congress languages are German and English.

Peter Diesing from the Berlin Technical University and Norbert Stockmann of the Bundesfachschule für Orthopädie-Technik e.V. introduce the section "Long-term sitting - problems in rehabilitation technology care" on 21 May, 10.00 am to 11.30 am, at the Congress Center Leipzig (CCL). The papers will address the themes of "Physiology of sitting" and "Microclimate and pressure distribution - factors determining long-term sitting" as well as "What should be considered when choosing a wheelchair cushion?", "Application of a development method for the analysis of wheelchair cushions", "Validation of sitting quality in clinical rehabilitation" or "Clinical application of proximal sensors".

"Technical aids, unhindered access and design for all" is the subject of the block on 21 May, 1.00 pm to 2.30 pm, in the CCL, under the direction of Professor Dr. Christian Bühler, Dortmund University, Faculty of Rehabilitation Science. Under this heading, papers will be presented on "Technology-based aids", "Training in assistive technology", "Unhindered access", "Design for all in the information society" and "Testing methods for aids".

The"Rolling mobility" block is dedicated to issues such as "Propulsion design for electric wheelchairs - like in automobile construction?", "Laws and regulations - the wheelchair environment is determined by legislation", "Wheelchair support following paraplegia", "Wheelchair inspection criteria according to the new EU standards" or "Scooters and electric wheelchairs - a comparison". The section is under the leadership of Professor Dr.-Ing. Rolf-D. Weege, Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences.

The congress programme is rounded off with the inclusion of practical forums, exhibitor workshops and innovations forums. Amongst other contributors, Stefan Steinebach and Christiana Hennemann will present the network "rehaKIND – practical ideas and approaches for optimal child rehabilitation" on 23 May, from 9.30 am onwards. This will be followed by a round table discussion on the legal situation with representatives of the cost bearers, providing interesting discussion material for the subject. In addition, amongst other contributors, Thomas Gast from Otto Bock Healthcare GmbH will provide information on "Shape system supported seat construction in accordance with practice-oriented vacuum moulding" from 21 to 23 May, 10.00 am to 12.00 am each.

On the final day the Orthopädie + Reha-technik will be augmented by a public day for the disabled, affected individuals and their relatives. On 24 May 2008 top paralympic sport will be presented for the first time in Leipzig at the public day, with the assistance of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Over the course of the day top athletes will present a range of different sports in the unique atmosphere of the Glass hall.

With over 14,900 visitors from 83 countries and 393 exhibitors from 37 countries the Orthopädie + Reha-technik 2006 was the most successful and most international show in over 30 years of the event. The ORTHOPÄDIE + REHA-TECHNIK is organised by the Bundesinnungsverband für Orthopädie-Technik (BIV) and Leipziger Messe GmbH. Co-organiser is the Zentralverband Orthopädie-Schuhtechnik.

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