Stance Control Orthoses


This one hour introductory level course for PT/PTA, RN, Case Managers and other health care professionals will provide an overview of the new orthotic stance control technology. Included are appropriate patient selection criteria, benefits of stance control vs. locked knee orthoses, and componentry features, benefits, and unique characteristics. This presentation is designed to educate physicians, allied health care providers, case managers, and patients on the benefits of this new technology and the necessity of a multidisciplinary approach to treatment modalities.

Course Syllabus

Course Handout

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the mechanical advantages of stance control knee orthoses
  • Compare and contrast the clinical indications and contraindications for stance control orthoses
  • Compare and contrast the functional characteristics of a locked knee KAFO to a stance control orthosis
  • Identify a variety of gait deviations that locked knee KAFOs may induce for the user
  • Discuss the functional advantages a stance control orthosis may provide a user
  • Compare functional attributes of the Fillauer SPL, Becker UTX, Otto Bock Freewalk and Horton Stance Control KAFO systems