Yes, it is a very difficult market. The market of gimmicks, hoax, flim flam, trying to appeal directly to the public instead of the medical profession, telling the public their brace is new and revolutionary, when in fact the idea is 20 years old, practicing out of a store front in Las Vegas with a sign that looks like they’re advertising a carnival or circus. Yes, our profession certainly needs the likes of them. Speaks well of us to the rest of the medical profession.
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Sent: Wednesday, August 16, 2000 9:58 PM
Subject: Re: Helix
> Seems to me there are several disproportionate egos at work on this topic.
> But, they (Virtualgait network guys) seem to be trying to carve out a niche
> in a VERY, VERY difficult market.
> I wholly support their intentions to substantiate orthotic outcomes(based
> upon website review). This is LONG overdue for this field. Educational
> programs should pay attention.
> Looks to me like they may be on a good track with outcomes data collections
> strategy. AAOP, AOPA, ABC, SOGI, NCAAOP, NAAOP nor anyone else has done so.
> Hopefully they will disseminate their data for peer review?
> I also hope they can be respectful of local community standards of practice
> when they do “Gait Clinics” to attract patients and review other clinicians
> works, many perhaps done under adverse conditions, both clinical and
> Ralph W Nobbe, CPO
> (in private practice and working under sometimes adverse conditions both
> clinical and financial)