Hanger Orthopedic Group, Austin, recently held its annual Education Fair in Nevada where nearly 900 clinicians gathered to learn about advanced rehabilitative solutions.

More than 120 exhibitors also participated in the conference, many of which featured new prosthetic and orthotic technologies.

Some 164 instructors participated in 111 course sessions, which included:

  • Stance Control Orthotics
  • Prosthetic and Orthotic Management of the High Activity User – an AAOP Certificate course
  • Hanger Pediatric Orthotics Program
  • Coding and Regulations for 2011a

One of the new technologies on display was Otto Bock’s latest prosthetic hand called the Michelangelo. Featuring increased grip force and speed, lateral and oppositional grasp options, and a more pliable touch. The new hand is not yet on the market, but is slated for release this year.

An auction to benefit the Hanger Ivan R. Sabel Foundation also took place at the Chairman’s Dinner, featuring artwork created and donated by Hanger employees in the Florida market and Tcho Elinor, a local Haitian staff member at the Hanger Clinic in Deschapelles. Training to be a prosthetics technician, Elinor has been painting since he was a young boy.

The $25,800 raised in the auction will be used to continue Hanger’s charitable efforts of restoring mobility to Haitian amputees at the Hanger Clinic in Deschapelles, Haiti. To date, more than 700 Haitian amputees have received prosthetic care at the Hanger Clinic.

Hanger’s next Education Fair will take place February 6 to 10 in Las Vegas.

The company is a provider of orthotic and prosthetic patient care services worldwide.

[Source: Hanger Orthopedic]