Shaping the Future of Orthopaedic Treatment and Care at OTWorld

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Under the motto "Join the progress", the global orthopaedic treatment and care industry is getting together at OTWorld in Leipzig from 14 to 17 May 2024. In the three exhibition halls, the main topics on the agenda include prosthetics and orthotics, digitalisation, robotics and AI as well as compression supplies, foot orthotic production and 3D printing.

The more than 550 exhibitors attending OTWorld 2024 to present their portfolios of products and services in technical orthopaedics include companies from start-ups to international market leaders. The proportion of international exhibitors is 55 per cent. Companies from 42 countries are expected to attend this year.

Platform for Groundbreaking Innovations

From intelligent knee joints and 3D-printed medical aids to innovative printing technologies, the latest developments in the industry will be presented at the world's leading trade show. One of the main topics this year is the digitalisation of prosthetics and orthotics. Robotics and artificial intelligence are also on the agenda as well as exoskeletons for children. New orthoses and supports as well as orthopaedic shoes designed to make life easier for patients with arthrosis, diabetes, rheumatism and other common diseases are also on display. In addition, exhibitors are showcasing new digital measurement systems and compression fittings that can offer a new level of comfort.

Fresh impetus for the industry is guaranteed by the 26 start-ups from 12 countries. Their innovations and ideas are on show in the dedicated OTWorld.start-ups area. As an innovation hub for the medical aid industry, OTWorld offers newcomers to the industry a platform to present themselves to an international trade audience and make business contacts.

Highlights at the Trade Show

In cooperation with the conceptual partners rehaVital Gesundheitsservice GmbH and the German Stroke Foundation (Stiftung Deutsche Schlaganfall-Hilfe), the special exhibition on the care of neurological diseases will demonstrate how conservative assistive technologies can improve everyday life for patients and help them to achieve a better quality of life. The special exhibition on the supply of orthopaedic treatment and care in crisis areas at OTWorld takes a detailed look at this issue. The central feature of the special exhibition is the "Barrier:Zones" exhibition by the Handicap International organisation. Visitors can learn about the fates of people with disabilities in conflict, war and crisis zones which are documented on 20 roll-ups.

The first port of call for all orthopaedic footwear technicians is the OTWorld.shoe-technology exhibition feature. From orthopaedic shoes and foot orthotics to additive manufacturing and innovative materials, orthopaedic footwear technicians can meet exhibitors from across the world to learn more about new products for their workshops and retail stores.

Congress Programme Provides Inspiration on Professional Training

Under the leadership of the two congress presidents, Prof. Thomas Wirth and master prosthetist and orthotist Ingo Pfefferkorn, a comprehensive congress programme has been developed over the past few months that covers all key topics in the field of orthopaedic treatment and care from digitalisation and lymphology/compression treatment to orthopaedic footwear technology, prosthetics and sports orthopaedics/para-sports. A total of 320 speakers from over 30 countries are expected in Leipzig. Particular highlights of the world congress are the daily keynote speeches by renowned experts.

The full congress programme is available online on the OTWorld website.