More than 12.000 professionals attended the great event of Orthopaedics in Southern Europe

Technology, developments and trends in Orthopaedic sector and the welfare of disabled people have been the cornerstones of this edition which has had more than a hundred exhibitors

It did it again. ORTO Medical Care 2018 trade fair, jointly organized by the Spanish Federation of Prosthetic Orthotists (FEDOP) and the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO), has been the reference for thousands of professionals in the sector who have been able to learn first hand all the orthoprosthetic innovations and the social impact of an unprecedented technological development.

“Innovation” and “quality of life” were the key ideas of an event with a clear international vocation, with more than 34 years of history, and which has already become, by its own merits, the largest Orthopaedic event in southern Europe.

At OMC 2018, professionals had more than 8,000 square meters in which they could find out the future of Orthopaedics. Outstanding personalities from the world of sport and research took part. Everything always focused on the main goal of providing the best quality of life for people with disabilities and the elderly.

The opening of OMC2018 was given by the Head of the Community of Madrid’s Healthcare Department., Enrique Ruiz Escudero, the Deputy General Director of Basic Portfolio of Services of the Ministry of Health, Cristina González del Yerro, and the President of the FEDOP, Pablo Pérez Aragundi.

Exoskeletons and smart hands

OMC Congress also presented the latest scientific advances in a series of presentations initiated by CSIC robotics PhD, Elena García Armada, who has developed the first bionic exoskeleton for children with spinal muscular atrophy.

Design and 3D printing were also hosted at OMC Congress, the speakers offered precise details about this technology applied to Orthopedics.

On the other hand, among the most striking products at Orto Medical Care trade fair were the latest generation of myoelectric prostheses created by Ottobock with sensory capabilities. These electrical prostheses take advantage of whenever a muscle in the body contracts or flexes, a small electrical signal is produced that is created by chemical interaction in the body. Likewise, use sensors that come into contact with the skin to record the electrical signal. Once recorded, this signal is processed by a controller that switches the motors on the hand, wrist or elbow to produce movement. These are the new intelligent prostheses. Once recorded, this signal is processed by a controller that switches the motors on the hand, wrist or elbow to produce movement. These are the new smart prostheses.

Sports without limits, from rugby to rally

In addition to presenting their products, the exhibitors at the trade fair were accompanied by elite athletes who told their stories of improvement. This is the example of Sara Andrés, who presented her new prostheses at Ottobock stand to practice and compete in athletics.

ORTO Medical Care attendees met rally driver Albert Llovera, with a spinal cord injury, who spoke about how his adapted racing car works, and Gema Hassen-Bey who explained the secrets of her adapted bicycle and her latest adventure in Kilimanjaro.

Continuous advances in bionics and biomechanics have led to a real revolution: from computer-designed insoles and crutches to sophisticated sports prostheses or wheelchairs equipped with electronic aids.

Today, more than ever, the orthoprosthetic fair is a trip to a high technology world at the service of people, its true protagonists. In addition, they respond to a demand from society, as Spain is in a process of aging, which according to a study by the Fundación General CSIC, in less than 30 years, will have doubled the number of people over 65 years, reaching more than 30% of the Spanish population.

According to a study by the Fundación General CSIC, in less than 30 years, the number of people over 65 would have doubled, reaching more than 30% of the Spanish population.

The business world is aware of the moment the Orthopedics is experienced and has responded with a 30% increase in the number of companies which did not want to miss out OMC18. In addition, one of the most important companies in the Orthopaedics sector, Ottobock, has chosen to be its official sponsor.

New technologies and new materials never ceased to amaze with products that are already making the future a reality.

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