Hip Flexion Assist Device (HFAD)
The Hip Flexion Assist Device (HFAD) is BRP's first retail product available to both Medical Professionals and Users. Please follow the instructions under purchasing information (below) for details. The Hip Flexion Assist Device (HFAD) is intended for individuals with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) who are experiencing hip flexor weakness. The Hip Flexion Assist Device is designed to improve gait and consists of a comfortable waist band and two dynamic tension bands that attach to the shoe. A recent study funded by the National MS Society, and published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation examined the efficacy and safety of this device in ambulatory MS patients, the results of the study indicated that for ambulatory patients with MS, the HFAD significantly improved gait performance, as well as improved strength in the limb fitted with the HFAD. Furthermore, the use of the HFAD was found to result in increased daily activity level.
1. Sutliff, Matthew H., PT; Jonathan M. Naft, CPO; Darlene K. Stough, RN; Jar Chi Lee, MS; Susana S. Arrigain, MA; and Francois A. Bethoux, MD. "Efficacy and Safety of a Hip Flexion Assist Orthosis in Ambulatory Multiple Sclerosis Patients." Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 89 (2008): 1611-1617.
To purchase the HFAD, please go to https://www.braceworx.com/products/hip-flexion-assist-device.
Upon receiving the Hip Flexion Assist Device from BRP, a physical therapist or orthotist must fit the device. Users should notattempt to wear the Hip Flexion Assist Device before being fitted and instructed by a physical therapist or orthotist.
The Hip Flexion Assist Device is covered by a six month warranty against manufacturer's defects. In order for the warranty to be valid, theFitting Checklist Form must be completed and returned to Becker Rehabilitation Products.