I went to the Virtual-gait site and saw a picture of an AFO version. Are
there any pictures of a KAFO helix or double helix version?
It’s my understanding that Jean Paul Nielsen isn’t with Oregon Orthotic
Systems as of a few years ago. I did take the OOS course from him (which I
was impressed with), my company hosted a seminar he gave, and I provided some
OOS orthoses to my clients and they do a good job for the proper candidates,
(addressing rotational deformities in the transverse plane.) I am guessing
that the helix system is a new venture by Mr. Neilsen, likely utilizing the
corrective principles used in the OOS, perhaps with different materials.
I never heard why Mr. Neilsen left OOS, but I did learn form the course he
taught and appreciated his role in sharing his expertise on with his
colleagues. Perhaps his new marketing strategy is a result of his experience
I appreciated the well-wordede posts by both Ralph Nobbe and Karen Steele,
but got a kick out of Bob McCullough’s more “off the wall” remarks.(not
always PC, but you don’t have to wonder what he’s thinking!)
I agree we should get past egos (ours and other’s) and see what can be
learned to benefit the folks we’re in this profession for.
Randy McFarland, CPO