The use of orthopaedic aids is gaining in significance. This is hardly surprising because the advantages of therapy with supports and orthoses are clear: mobilizing patients early can effectively prevent the consequences of prolonged immobilization. Further advantages include savings in treatment time, practicality, use of innovative materials with a consistently good fit, superior hygiene options and cost effectiveness when used for longer periods. This current trend of early functional therapy with supports and braces will continue to increase in future owing to demographic trends and the increasing popularity of new, high-injury sports. We at L&R are keeping abreast of these developments with our epX and Cellacare product lines, which were developed in close cooperation with our customers.