Optimus Prosthetics is a COAPT certified facility for the Midwest.  

 

COAPT

COAPT LLC was found out of focused and dedicated research to make the benefits of Pattern Recognition commercially available.  Coapting is a surgical term for the method by which nerves are reconnected. We chose “Coapt,” because it derives from our connection with new, exciting innovations in rehabilitative medical engineering as well as our refined, clinical-research background. Coapt has studied industry practitioners to develop a software interface that makes sense.  The simple but powerful user interface allows practitioners to quickly adjust settings on their patients’ new Pattern Recognition hardware and provide a learning environment for all.

What is Pattern Recognition?

When we make muscle contractions to move our arms and hands, multiple muscles work together. These muscle signals create a pattern of electrical activity that can be unique for each different movement. For example, the pattern of forearm muscle activity for hand opening is different than the pattern for hand closing. Electrodes placed on the skin over these muscle areas – which we often call control sites – can detect the patterns of activity as a set of information from all of the sites together.

 

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Who is a candidate for COMPLETE CONTROL Pattern Recognition?

Many upper-extremity amputees could be considered for Pattern Recognition control. Clinical evaluation is important to determine each user’s potential, and Coapt is happy to provide evaluation guidelines. In general, the two major factors influencing success with Pattern Recognition are 1) the ability to achieve good skin-electrode contact within a prosthesis, and 2) the ability of the patient and practioner to learn and understand the mechanism of Pattern Recognition (see our Pattern Recognition section to learn more).

COMPLETE CONTROL Pattern Recognition is currently being applied to shoulder disarticulation*, transhumeral* and transradial amputees. Both existing myoelectric users and non-users can be considered. Since Pattern Recognition does not depend on isolated control signals, patients with unique myo placement challenges are often good candidates. Additionally, Pattern Recognition provides intuitve control of multiple degrees-of-freedom and should be considered for those users who are burdened by co-contraction (or other) mode-switching setups.

* the majority of these patients having undergone Targeted Muscle Reinnervation surgery

How It Works

Your muscle signals contain lots of information. Pattern Recognition uses all of this information to simplify how you control your prosthesis. In contrast, standard myoelectric control only considers the signal level from one electrode. In other words, standard myoelectric control is like listening to music and only knowing how loud the sound is while Pattern Recognition is like hearing what song is playing.

Intuitive Control

Intuitive control means that your natural intentions are what guide the prosthesis. COMPLETE CONTROL can eliminate non-intuitive co-contracting, double/triple impulse contracting, or motor switching. COMPLETE CONTROL learns your pattern of muscle signals at your command, putting you in control.

 

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