History of QAL Medical®, LLC
The OrthoAgility® line of CPM devices has been at the forefront of CPM innovation for years. OrthoAgility® is the latest generation of products based on the original, first work of Dr. Robert Salter, Sick Children’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada.
September 2011 Forward
QAL Medical®, LLC, a division of Quality Assembly & Logistics, LLC continues the CPM line’s long tradition of producing products that are user-friendly for medical professionals and patients while providing the best of both the upper and lower body joint therapy.
Quality Assembly & Logistics, LLC purchased the CPM division of Otto Bock Healthcare Canada and relocated the manufacturing process from Canada to Marinette, Wisconsin, USA. QAL Medical™, LLC was established as a division of Quality Assembly & Logistics, LLC.
Earlier companies owning the CPM line
Otto Bock Healthcare, OrthoLogic, OrthoRehab, OrthoMotion and Toronto Medical Corporation are previous companies that owned the CPM line that is now known as OrthoAgility®.
History of Continuous Passive Motion Devices
In the late 1970’s, Dr. Robert Salter conducted research that indicated moving a joint as soon as possible following surgery allowed the patient to recover mobility and function more quickly. By moving the joint immediately after surgery, the synovial fluid necessary for nourishment of the joint would continue to circulate which does not happen when the joint is immobilized.
Along with John Saringer, an engineer, Salter designed the first CPM device designed for use on rabbits. Rabbits have many of the same traits as human beings. Based on the performance and the potential of early CPM models, John Saringer started Toronto Medical Corporation (TMC) and began manufacturing CPM devices which are a precursor to the well established OrthoAgility® line.
Healing In Motion
Research continues to demonstrate that moving a limb or joint aids rehabilitation and leads to better outcomes. By combining active physical therapy along with a Continuous Passive Motion (CPM) device, it is possible to significantly increase joint range of motion.