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magazine 2013/2
Pictures: Conny Kurz, Bauerfeind
With Spinova, mobilization
is more consistent than ever.
This is another milestone for
early functional therapy.”
Spine expert Prof. Jürgen Harms, Ethianum Klinik Heidelberg.
>>> “The figures are undoubtedly all
correct,” says Prof. Jürgen Harms from the
Ethianum Kinik in Heidelberg, “but back
pain is part of our life, as are other medical
complaints.” Prof. Harms, an internationally
renowned spine expert, believes that many
of these ailments can be brought under
control over time with the help of exercise,
medical products and physiotherapy. This
approach has its benefits, regardless of the
loaded headlines about back problems. “We
simply have to take a close look at what we
are talking about”: the orthopedic specialist,
who previously worked at the Clinic Karlsbad-
Langensteinbach, knows this all too well, in
several respects. In his professional capacity
he has developed groundbreaking procedures
for back surgery, but he has also experienced
these first hand as a patient. According to
Prof. Harms, around 70 percent of back com-
plaints affect the lumbar spine area. He then
goes on to say, in a rather self-critical tone,
that “Surgery has been, and still is, carried
out too often. We also achieve very success-
ful therapeutic outcomes with conservative
treatment, without the risks involved in
surgical intervention.” So how can patients
with intervertebral disk problems, lumbago,
vertebral displacement or fractures – to name
a few of the key lumbar spine-related issues
be provided with adequate help?
The principle of multi-stage
back orthoses
To obtain medical aids that can be used
for both post-operative and conservative
treatment, Prof. Harms personally supported
the development of Bauerfeind orthoses.
There was one distinct specification: these
orthoses should no longer resemble suits of
armor! Another requirement that the spine
expert feels very strongly about is enabling
the early mobilization of patients. To achieve
this objective, the newly developed medical
products had to perform a difficult balanc-
ing act: they had to combine stability in the
acute phase with mobility over the course
of treatment. This is made possible by the
multi-stage construction of the orthoses,
which can be dismantled bit by bit. This flex-
ible design principle, which was pioneered
by Bauerfeind in the production of its SofTec
Lumbo and SofTec Dorso orthoses, can largely
be attributed to Prof. Harms. However, in
spite of the undisputed advantages of these
modern back orthoses, neither Prof. Harms
nor Bauerfeind were keen to rest on their
laurels. The next generation of orthoses was
already in the offing. The idea of a “platform”
gradually began to take shape. The think-
ing behind this concept was that it would
provide the basis for more individually tai-
lored courses of treatment for lumbar spine
complaints. To achieve this, the successful
multi-stage formula needed to be developed
further, if possible.
A tried and tested treatment concept
There is widespread agreement over the me-
dical and economic benefits offered by multi-
stage orthotic lumbar spine therapy. The
positive experiences of orthopedic special-
ists, orthotists and health insurance compa-
nies in using these orthoses speak for them-
selves. In the acute phase of therapy, relief
and stabilization are regarded as the primary
methods of alleviating pain. The orthoses are
sometimes used in combination with medica-
tion, to reduce painful mechanical stress on
the affected area of the lumbar spine. Rapid
pain relief and increased security during
movement allow treatment to be begun at an
early stage and enable gradual, unassisted
patient mobilization. Stabilizing the dis-
eased section of the spine is crucial during
the acute phase, but when it comes to the
therapy stage the priority is to gradually in-