Shoulder And Back Patents (Class 2/44)
  • Patent number: 10441222
    Abstract: An endoscopy sigmoid support apparatus that includes a primary wrap sized for placement around a subject's lower abdomen. A closing mechanism is provided at the end of the primary wrap to secure the primary wrap around the abdomen of the subject by attaching a first end of the primary wrap to a second portion of the primary wrap. A strap extends from the primary wrap and is configured to extend across at least a portion of the primary wrap and to fasten to a third portion of the primary wrap to adjust the amount of pressure applied by the endoscopy sigmoid support apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Colowrap, LLC
    Inventor: James Hathorn
  • Patent number: 10420412
    Abstract: A hip belt includes an inelastic center panel and first and second padded portions connected to the center panel and extending therefrom. Each of the first and second padded portions has a rear end proximate to the center panel, an opposed front end, and a face extending therebetween. Each also has an adjustable pulley assembly carried on the padded portion, and a strap secured to the pulley assembly over the padded portion for sliding movement along the face of the padded portion. A buckle is carried at the front end of each padded portion for coupling with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Pressio LLC
    Inventors: W. Scott Schlofman, Michael L. Williams, Jeffrey Regan
  • Patent number: 10327942
    Abstract: A shoulder brace has: a support structure; strap retractors such as flat spiral torsion springs mounted to the support structure; and left and right shoulder straps each having a first strap part connected to the support structure and a second strap part connected to a free end of a respective spiral torsion spring. A method has the following stages: positioning a support structure against a user's upper back; looping left and right shoulder straps around a user's left and right shoulders, respectively; and in which each of the left and right shoulder straps connects to the support structure via a strap retractor, such as a spiral torsion spring for applying tension through the respective left or right shoulder strap to pull the user's shoulders back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Derek Nolt
  • Patent number: 10271584
    Abstract: The invention relates to a brassiere (1) with reinforced support adapted for practicing sports and in particular of the type comprising a front part (2a) comprising two cups (3) for covering the bust (4) of a user (5), a dorsal fixation band (6) which is basically connected to the outer edge (7) of each of the cups (3), and a pair of straps (8) for running over the shoulders (9) of the user (5), which brassiere (1) is characterized in that the front part (2) comprises at least: a central anchoring structure (10) to which the straps (8) are attached and towards which these straps (8) converge; a lower support band (11) extending under the cups (3) approximately from an outer edge (7) to the other edge of these cups (3), a central support band (12) extending between the cups (3) from the lower support band (11) toward the central anchoring structure (10); and two lateral support bands (13) extending laterally from the side of the outer edges (7) of the cups (3) at least from the lower support band (11) to the c
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Hanes Operations Europe SAS
    Inventors: Daniel Graham Ward, Alan John Cucknell, Robert Scadding Moir, Michael Murphy
  • Patent number: 10264828
    Abstract: The disclosed garment includes a bra. The bra includes an anterior portion and a posterior portion, and the bra is fabricated from an elastomeric material. The garment also includes a spine band attached to the posterior portion of the bra and fabricated from an elastomeric material. The spine band extends longitudinally across the posterior portion of the bra from a neck region of the bra toward a waist portion of the bra. In use, the spine band is positioned over a spine of a wearer and stimulates cutaneous nerve receptors in a portion of a wearer's skin underneath the spine band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: INTELLISKIN USA, LLC
    Inventor: Timothy W. Brown
  • Patent number: 10166426
    Abstract: A running exercise device is provided having a waist engaged belt connected to a first shoulder strap and second shoulder strap. Elastic bands extend between the waist belt and each of first and second leg bands positionable on the upper legs of the user. Lower leg bands may also be employed which have elastic leg bands extending between each lower leg band and a respective shoe on the foot of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: Olugbenga Peter Adeeko, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10143582
    Abstract: An adjustable length spinal brace includes an elongate belt and an adjustment plate having spaced apart belt passage slits through which the belt is passed and belt engagement members that are pivotally adjustable relative to the plate to engage or disengage the belt. The belt engagement members are engaged with the belt to maintain a desired length of the brace, and are disengaged from the belt to permit adjustment of the length of the brace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: DeRoyal Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Modglin, Kathleen L. Parker, Charles J. French, III, Tyson A. R. White
  • Patent number: 9987159
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are device embodiments for supporting a person's back. An embodiment comprises an adjustable belt and a pair of underarm supports attached to the sides of the belt. Each support comprises an underarm rest and a first spring, a second spring, and a third springs. Each support further comprises a first pin attached to the underarm rest, the first pin coupled to a top end of the first spring; a second pin coupled to a bottom end of the first spring and a top end of the second spring; and a third pin coupled to a bottom end of the second spring and a top end of the third spring. Each support further includes a base bottom coupled to a bottom end of the third spring and attached to the adjustable belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventors: Daniel Charles Williams, Sarah Janie Williams
  • Patent number: 9975025
    Abstract: A support belt for stabilizing lower back and abdominal muscles during heavy lifting, comprising: an elongated body that wraps about the waist of a person, with overlapping abdominal support sections toward the ends of the body and a lumbar support section midway between the ends, stiffener panels on the lumbar and abdominal support sections, a strap on the outer side of the body for securing the body about the waist, and means for limiting vertical movement and pivotal movement and/or skewing between the overlapping sections without impairing lengthwise movement between them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Implus Footcare, LLC
    Inventor: David Patrick McCrane
  • Patent number: 9847010
    Abstract: A fall protection harness includes a computer processor, an optical transmitter, and an optical receiver coupled. The optical transmitter and the optical receiver are optically coupled. Upon damage to the fall protection harness, the optical coupling between the optical transmitter and the optical receiver is broken, the computer processor senses the break in the optical coupling between the optical transmitter and the optical receiver; and the computer processor generates a signal indicating the damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Hai D. Pham, Steve D. Huseth, Amit Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 9839554
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for a low back pain solution device design for individuals with acute or chronic lower back pain, individuals who are post-spinal surgery, or individuals who are pregnant and are experiencing low back pain or back injury. The device allows a user to continuously wear something that is both comfortable and discrete. The device accomplishes this task by flanking a user's lumbar and erector spinae muscles with soft yet firm cushions. This protects a user's lower spine processes and their peripheral nerves from be touched by any object that has the potential to compress it during sitting, sleeping or driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventors: Rosalie Dudkiewicz, Dariusz Dudkiewicz
  • Patent number: 9687378
    Abstract: A hands-free shoulder and back/spine support device for facilitating the correct posture and alignment of the shoulders and back/spine of a wearer comprising at least one elongate base member having opposed free ends, the at least one elongate base member being adapted for overlying the upper back such that the opposed free ends thereof align with and extend to the approximate midpoints of the shoulders of the wearer, and strap members for securing the at least one elongate base member on the back of the wearer such that the shoulders of the wearer are maintained in a desired alignment for use with an athletic training system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: LJR Business Consultants, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward M. Titen
  • Patent number: 9655762
    Abstract: An exoskeleton includes two torque generators, two thigh links, and a supporting trunk rotatably coupled to the thigh links. When a wearer bends forward in the sagittal plane such that the supporting trunk extends beyond a predetermined angle A with respect to vertical, at least one of the torque generators imposes a resisting torque between the supporting trunk and a corresponding thigh link, thus imposing a force onto a wearer's trunk and thighs to aid in supporting the wearer in a bent position. The exoskeleton may include an active or passive means for actuating the generators. When the supporting trunk does not extend beyond the predetermined angle A, the torque generators do not impose resisting torques between the supporting trunk and the thigh links during the entire range of motion of the thigh links, thus enabling a wearer to walk, run and sit without constraint while in an upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Homayoon Kazerooni, Erich Hacker, Lee-Huang Chen
  • Patent number: 9615956
    Abstract: An easily-accessible, self-adjustable orthopedic clavicle brace and method of use for preventing and treating damage to the clavicle. The brace supports the shoulder region of a user's body during the healing or mending of an injured, dislocated, fractured or broken clavicle. The device uses a simple coupling means located towards the front of the user to allow for easy accessibility by the user for self-application, self-adjustment, and self-removal of the brace without having to rely on assistance by a second party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Jack T. Sears
  • Patent number: 9504596
    Abstract: A lumbar-sacral orthosis comprises in combination a first lateral belt portion having a dorsal end portion having two substantially parallel horizontally extending upper and lower slots, the first lateral belt portion having a third slot, a second lateral belt portion having a dorsal end portion having two substantially parallel horizontally extending upper and lower slots, the first lateral belt portion substantially parallel horizontally extending upper and lower slots and the second lateral belt portion substantially parallel horizontally extending upper and lower slots being substantially aligned, a central dorsal portion, the central dorsal portion attached to the first and second lateral belt portions by an upper pin extending from the central dorsal portion through the upper slots, and a lower pin extending from the central dorsal portion through the lower slots, such that the first and second lateral belt portions may be moved with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Capital Prosthetic and Orthotic Center, Inc.
    Inventor: David J. Kozersky
  • Patent number: 9456919
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a new system, method, and device for assisting a user in maintaining proper posture. More specifically, the present invention relates to a new system, method, and device for applying pressure to one or more of a person's posture pressure points when the person has poor posture, for example because the person's body is misaligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Inventor: Jeanie Pollack
  • Patent number: 9345610
    Abstract: A spinal brace having a waist or abdominal portion, a dorsal lumbar insert, shoulder straps, and one or more cable tensioning systems that enables a user to tighten the waist or abdominal portion while at the same time tightening the shoulder straps to encourage extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: DeRoyal Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael D. Modglin
  • Patent number: 9333108
    Abstract: A vertebra health body suit has a fixation part, a memory alloy support part, a spring part and a wearing part. The fixation part is removably surrounded to the waist of the user and supported on the pelvis of the user; the lower end of the memory alloy support part is fixed and supported on the fixation part; the spring part includes at least a first coil spring, the first coil spring is sleeved in the support part; and the wearing part is removably worn on the chest and the shoulder of the user, the wearing part is assembled in the upper end of the support part. With the longitudinal support by the memory alloy support part and the spring part, the gravity above the chest and the waist is supported by the pelvis to relieve the force of the waist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Inventors: Fangguo Liu, Bin Liu
  • Patent number: 9308112
    Abstract: A trunk support device (100) is configurable to be worn by a person to reduce the muscle forces in the person's back during forward bending. The device (100), among other things, includes: a waist strap (102) which is configurable to be coupled to the person waist; a chest support (104) which is configurable to be coupled to the person's chest and capable of pushing against the person chest; and first and second torque generators (106) coupled to the chest support (104) and the waist strap (102) and capable of providing a resistance torque between them. In operation, when a person wearing the device (100) bends forward, at least one of the torque generators (106) imposes a torque between the chest support (104) and the waist strap (102), causing the chest support (104) to impose a force onto the person's chest backwardly and the waist strap (102) to impose a force onto the person's hip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Homayoon Kazerooni, Kibeum Ryoo, Han Woong Bae, Daniel Merala
  • Patent number: 9168167
    Abstract: Provided is a device for improving the posture of a patient comprising a garment and a pair of tension straps. The garment is configured to tightly envelope the patient's torso and the patient's upper arms. The garment has an inner surface, a front side and a back side. The front side includes a chest portion. The back side includes a back portion. The garment defines opposing shoulder portions and a waist portion. The tension straps are releaseably securable to the back portion in diagonal relation to one another. Each one of the tension straps has opposed free ends that extend upwardly from the back portion to the chest portion and downwardly to the waist portion. The device includes pads releaseably mounted on the inner surface of the garment generally opposite the free ends and are configured to restrict movement of the free ends relative to the patient's skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: AlignMed, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy W. Brown
  • Patent number: 9095418
    Abstract: An orthosis is provided having a mechanical advantage tensioning device with an anti-twist mechanism. The anti-twist mechanism includes first and second anti-twist members which have a reduced degree of pliability to resist twisting of the orthosis about the mechanical advantage tensioning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Breg, Inc.
    Inventors: Mathew Cardinali, Matthew T. Hollister
  • Patent number: 9009863
    Abstract: One aspect of the invention may be characterized as a shirt configured to counteract detrimental upper body movement. The shirt has a base layer, a plurality of inelastic bands, and a load distribution portion. The plurality of inelastic bands are coupled to the base layer, and include a first cross-connecting band, a second cross-connecting band, a third cross-connecting band, and a fourth cross-connecting band. The load distribution portion is also coupled to the base layer, and anchors ends of the first, second, third, and fourth cross-connecting bands. Further, the first, second, third, and fourth cross-connecting bands and the load distribution portion are configured to limit internal rotation and anterior tilting of the scapula when the shirt is worn by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Opedix, LLC
    Inventor: Michael John Decker
  • Patent number: 8990962
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a cervical spine protection apparatus one or more composite bands attached to provide restraint of one or more motions of the cervical spine of a wearer. The apparatus is designed to protect a wearer from incurring cervical spinal injuries, and/or to reduce the severity of cervical spine injuries without substantially compromising the normal functional range of motion of the wearer's cervical spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Drexel University
    Inventors: Sorin Siegler, Mary Milone, Yoganand Ghati
  • Patent number: 8959664
    Abstract: A webbing protection system is provided. The webbing protection system includes at least one pad portion and at least one protective member. The at least one pad portion has a first pad surface and a second pad surface. The first pad surface of each pad portion is configured to engage a portion of a body of a user. The second pad surface of each pad portion has at least one pad channel guide. Each protective member has at least one raised portion. Each protective member is coupled to an associated pad portion such that the raised portion of the protective member is aligned with an associated pad channel guide of the associated pad portion to provide a first guide path for the first webbing. Each protective member provides wear and abrasion protection for the first webbing proximate the guide path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: D B Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew P. Johnson, Paul M. Goudreau
  • Patent number: 8887315
    Abstract: The orthopedic support garment includes a garment body made of stretchable fabric and configured to be worn in a form-fitting manner on the upper body of a wearer. The garment body has a front body portion, a rear body portion joined to the front body portion, and right and left sleeve portions attached to the front and rear body portions. Also provided is at least one tensor band laid out along one of the front and rear body portions in a manner intended to substantially correspond to at least one of the fascial lines extending along the upper body of the wearer. When the garment is worn by the wearer, the at least one tensor band may be placed in tension so as to provide proprioceptive feedback to the wearer during movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Erin Lynn Boynton
  • Patent number: 8869315
    Abstract: A protective athletic garment comprising a protective cap for protecting a body part of the user. The protective cap comprises a shell for overlying the user's body part. The shell comprises a first shell member and a second shell member. The protective cap comprises a liner mounted under the shell for being disposed between the shell and the user's body part. The protective cap also comprises a link interconnecting the first shell member and the second shell member to hold the first shell member and the second shell member together. The link extends along at least part of a periphery of the first shell member and at least part of a periphery of the second shell member such that the first shell member and the second shell member are movable relative to one another in response to movement of the user's body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Bauer Hockey, Inc.
    Inventors: Mathieu Contant, Marco Beauregard, Marie-Claude Généreux, Alexandre Leblanc
  • Patent number: 8850613
    Abstract: Protective pads wearable by a user for use in a contact sport include a release mechanism that allows the protective pads to be safely and easily detached from each other while the individual wearing the protective pads is maintained in the supine position, thus decreasing the risk of a secondary injury to the individual wearing the protective pads as the protective pads are removed. The release mechanism includes an elongated coupler having an anterior segment that is operable to detach posterior portions of the protective pads from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Michael E. Kordecki
  • Patent number: 8834394
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a device for reducing brain and cervical spine injury includes a headpiece sufficiently designed to secure to a user's head, the headpiece having a first attachment member; a support harness sufficiently designed to secure to the user's torso, the support harness having a second attachment member; and a telescoping member having a main tube and a series of progressively smaller diameter tubes nested within each other, wherein the smaller diameter tubes are adapted to extend and compress in a linear plane by the intake and outflow of fluid, wherein the telescoping member has a first engaging member for engaging the first attachment member, and wherein the telescoping member has a second engaging member for engaging the second attachment member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Jamshid Ghajar
  • Patent number: 8827940
    Abstract: This lumbar support belt (1) may be fitted around the lower part of a patient's trunk; it comprises a strip (2) of elastic textile material provided at each end with means for attaching the strip to itself and at least two posterior boning elements made of an elastic material (5a, 5b) positioned one on each side of the transverse mid-plane (A) of the strip; the belt may be positioned on the patient in such a way that the ends of the strip fasten together over the abdominal region of the patient and the posterior boning elements (5a, 5b) press against the lumbar region of the patient; in addition, the posterior boning elements (5a, 5b) are arranged in a V-shape in such a way that the posterior boning elements (5a, 5b) converge towards the lumbo-sacral region of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Gibaud
    Inventor: Lionel Anquetil
  • Patent number: 8795213
    Abstract: An orthosis for the treatment of congenital, developmental and degenerative spinal deformities or misalignments, including an upper thoracic component adapted to cover part or the whole thorax and made in non-elastic material, a pelvic component adapted to encircle the pelvis and made in elastic-material and reinforced with non-elastic materials, a non-elastic strapping system adapted to encircle the pelvis transversely and providing a stable fitting, resistant to transverse plane rotations and proximal migration, and at least four removable, corrective elastic bands running obliquely around part or all of the body circumference and attach from the thoracic component (right shoulder, left shoulder, right distal thorax, left distal thorax) to posterior-lateral and/or anterior sections of the pelvic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: The Spinecorporation Limited
    Inventor: Andrew James Mills
  • Patent number: 8733544
    Abstract: The necktie travel bag of the present invention is designed and configured to maintain one or more neckties flat and unwrinkled during travel or storage so that it can be ready to be worn by a user and accent the attire instantly upon unpacking. By allowing the neckties to be packed in a perfectly elongated flat configuration without any folding or bending, the necktie travel bag maintains the neckties unwrinkled and flat even if it is shoved inside a suit case or suit bag along with a multitude of other items that shift and move during travel. The rigidly flexible material that is used to make the necktie travel bag of the present invention keeps the neckties unwrinkled while a hook attachment allows the necktie travel bag to be hung inside a suit bag or a closet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Jason Ashley
  • Patent number: 8683612
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a cervical spine protection apparatus one or more composite bands attached to provide restraint of one or more motions of the cervical spine of a wearer. The apparatus is designed to protect a wearer from incurring cervical spinal injuries, and/or to reduce the severity of cervical spine injuries without substantially compromising the normal functional range of motion of the wearer's cervical spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Drexel University
    Inventors: Sorin Siegler, Mary Milone, Yoganand Ghati
  • Publication number: 20130283492
    Abstract: A personal equipment suspension system with active support to the lumbar region includes a belt to surround the user's waist and a frame supported on the belt with a resilient membrane of synthetic elastomeric crystalline material in tension on the frame to be interposed between the belt and the user. The frame includes spaced ends and the membrane is a lattice in tension between the spaced ends. In one embodiment, the system is a support belt. In another, it is load bearing such as a backpack configuration. In another, it includes stanchions to support a body armor vest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventors: Craig E. Ernst, JR., Jeffrey D. Anderson, Christopher A.J. Iannello, Martin J. Nilsen, David A. Shereyk, Timothy P. Coffield
  • Patent number: 8528113
    Abstract: A cervical spine protection apparatus one or more composite bands attached to provide restraint of one or more motions of the cervical spine of a wearer. The apparatus is designed to protect a wearer from incurring cervical spinal injuries, and/or to reduce the severity of cervical spine injuries without substantially compromising the normal functional range of motion of the wearer's cervical spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Drexal University
    Inventors: Sorin Siegler, Mary Milone, Yoganand Ghati
  • Patent number: 8435201
    Abstract: A method for treating a user's back, a user's neck, or combinations thereof. The method can include the steps of: inserting a traction device into a pouch of a fabric garment; disposing the fabric garment over a user; engaging the traction device with a surface; and applying a pressure to the traction device using the user's back. The traction device can provide a therapeutic pressure to the user's back, to the user's neck, or to combinations thereof. The method can use a customizable traction device having a shearable fraction head and body. The shearable traction head and body can each be cut to a custom size to fit a user. The method can use a removable fabric chair cover disposed over a chair. A user can sit on the chair and apply a pressure to the traction device using the user's back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Inventors: Jose Gomez, Jr., Victor B. Ramos
  • Patent number: 8424112
    Abstract: This invention concerns improved protective rib and lower back pads (2) for protecting an individual wearing the protective rib and lower back pads (2) against impact to the ribs and/or lower back region of the human body. The improvement comprises protective rib and lower back pads (2) with release mechanism (1) that allows the protective rib and lower back pads (2) to be safely and easily detached from its corresponding pair of protective shoulder pads (4) while the individual wearing the protective rib and lower back pads (2) is maintained in the supine position, thus decreasing the risk of a secondary injury to the individual wearing the protective rib and lower back pads (2) as the protective rib and lower back pads (2) and associated protective shoulder pads (4) are removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Riddell, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael E. Kordecki
  • Patent number: 8414514
    Abstract: A wearable ambulatory traction system for a user. The system can include a traction device with a traction head, a traction body, and a centralizer; a wearable fabric garment; and a pouch secured to the fabric garment. The traction device can be insertable into the pouch. A customizable wearable ambulatory traction system for a user that can include a customizable traction device with a shearable traction head and body which can be cut to a custom size by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventors: Jose Gomez, Jr., Victor B. Ramos
  • Patent number: 8361003
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for diagnosing and treating conditions of the spine employ a garment for selectively positioning vertebrae of a spine of a supine individual, e.g., during diagnostic imaging of the spine. The garment affects movement of vertebrae that can be diagnostically correlated with incidents of back pain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Si-Bone, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark A Reiley
  • Patent number: 8341770
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a cervical spine protection apparatus one or more composite bands attached to provide restraint of one or more motions of the cervical spine of a wearer. The apparatus is designed to protect a wearer from incurring cervical spinal injuries, and/or to reduce the severity of cervical spine injuries without substantially compromising the normal functional range of motion of the wearer's cervical spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Drexel University
    Inventors: Sorin Siegler, Mary Milone, Yoganand Ghati
  • Publication number: 20120311757
    Abstract: The Lower Back Spinal Support is a back support device worn by people laying down all types of flooring to support your upper torso, consisting of a wearable aluminum alloy breast plate padded in a form cushion, with an aluminum cylindrical telescopic swivel leg for height adjustment (which locks into place) and adjustable neck and back straps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventor: James C. Miller
  • Patent number: 8291521
    Abstract: A collar for protecting the neck of a user, useful in particular for motorcycle riders, is envisaged, said collar comprising two half-collars which are pivotably hinged together at one end so as to be rotatable in a substantially horizontal plane and which can be connected together by means of a fastening and release lever, a plate which at the rear extends downwards from the bottom edge of the collar so as to be centred with respect to the spinal column of the user, and a protective shield which extends downwards at the front. The collar is provided with removable padding means where the collar rests on the user's shoulders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Alpinestars Research Srl
    Inventors: Giovanni Mazzarolo, Colin Ballantyne
  • Publication number: 20120150085
    Abstract: A posture-supporting, spine-aligning garment to support and correct body alignment and general positioning in its wearer-users; the garment being aesthetically pleasing. Posture-support, spine-align shirt with “Backboard” Technology is designed to alleviate back pain by promoting proper lumbar and thoracic alignment, core stabilization, corrective shoulder positioning, and upper body support. Posture-support spine-align garment system comprises an upper body apparel assembly having an elastic retention system; flexible stretch bands; anchors; a backboard, spine-specific support; and at least one fabric cover. The device may be manufactured with all or without one or more of the mentioned items. Posture-supporting, spine-aligning garment may comprise a posture shirt in preferred embodiments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventor: Andrew Kayser
  • Patent number: 8099799
    Abstract: Securing devices secure the position of protective pads on the arms of a user of the protective pads. A first strap and a second strap are placed over the head with the head of the user passing in between the first and second strap. The first and second straps connect to a third strap at a first connection point. At a second connection point opposite from the first connection point a fourth strap connects to the first and second straps. The third and fourth straps each connect to an attachment device. The attachment devices connect to the protective pads of the wearer. Each one of the straps can each be adjustable to accommodate wearers of varying dimensions. The attachment devices can be detachable from the protective pads so that the wearer can utilize the securing device in conjunction with protective pads that the wearer already has.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Inventor: Matthew Hunt
  • Patent number: 8074294
    Abstract: A wearable spinal protective apparatus is presented which will protect all parts of the human spinal column from cervical to lumbosacral vertebrae during high velocity activities. The apparatus is worn by user to cover the entire backside from neck and shoulders down, to be secured around the hips. This apparatus has many sections each uniquely designed to work together to reduce all forms of spinal injury. Protection provided by this apparatus is most valuable during high velocity activities. Because of its unique sectional design this apparatus can be tailored to match any size individual and any level of protection desired. The design of this apparatus goes well beyond the prior art of simple hard shell and padding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventors: Larry Richard Bowlus, Heidi Marie Bowlus, James Brian Szender
  • Patent number: 8035525
    Abstract: A rescue device which attaches to the frame of a self-contained breathing apparatus carried on the back of emergency workers such as firemen, hazardous-waste cleanup crews, and other individuals entering into hostile environments. The rescue device is adapted to connect to the frame of existing self-contained breathing apparatus frames or racks. In one form, the rescue device has a top and bottom frame which connects to the SCBA tank at the top and bottom locations. The frames project around the body of the SCBA tank and extend out to position rolling elements for providing the transportation needs. The frames are connected to the tank of an SCBA by way of a quick-release linkage system. The frames have at the rolling elements ends wheel forks which contain wheels having axles. In another embodiment a skid plate is attached to the ends of the frames in conjunction with the protruding wheels or by itself without rolling elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Inventor: Joseph W. Noonchester
  • Publication number: 20110185468
    Abstract: This disclosure details apparatuses, systems and methods that facilitate a structural support system for reinforced garments. These structural support system may be based on an axial support member joined to a spinal support member by a quick release mechanism. In an implementation, the axial support member may be incorporated with a reinforced garment belt, while the spinal support member is incorporated with a jacket or vest. In this implementation, the members are joined by a quick release pin mechanism, so that the jacket may be quickly removed, while the support belt remains in place. The structural support system may be easily adapted based on the needs of a particular user and configured for a variety of applications. For example, the structural support system may be adapted to be incorporated into a reinforced garment or alternately configured to provide external support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Inventor: Bohdan Theodore Olesnicky
  • Patent number: 7988652
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a pivotal disc is pivotally coupled to a first brace and a second brace. The pivotal disc has a motion-limit member and a positioning member limiting the angle by which the second brace rotates with respect to the first brace with the pivotal disc being the axis and fixing the angle between the first and second braces. The present invention is characterized in that the motion-limit member uses a range-adjust member to push a slide block and determine the range that a block portion of the second brace is blocked by the slide block, and that the positioning member uses a switch knob actuates on end of a positioning rod to engage with or depart from a positioning notch on the pivotal disc, and that the pivotal disc has two limit elements to define the maximum movement range of the first brace and the second brace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Huntex Corporation
    Inventor: Chia-Chang Chao
  • Patent number: 7962968
    Abstract: This invention concerns improved protective rib and lower back pads for protecting an individual wearing the protective rib and lower back pads against impact to the ribs and/or lower back region of the human body. The improvement comprises protective rib and lower back pads with release mechanisms that allow the protective rib and lower back pads to be safely and easily detached from its corresponding pair of protective shoulder pads while the individual wearing the protective rib and lower back pads is maintained in the supine position, thus decreasing the risk of a secondary injury to the individual wearing the protective rib and lower back pads as the protective rib and lower back pads and associated protective shoulder pads are removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Inventor: Michael E Kordecki
  • Publication number: 20110131697
    Abstract: Improved posture-improving garment is disclosed. The improved posture-improving garment has a hard-to-stretch region provided in a rear body part, the hard-to-stretch region having higher inelasticity than a garment main part, wherein a region woven in a portion corresponding to a vicinity of a lower part of a rhomboid muscle, and a region woven in a portion corresponding to lower fibers of a trapezius muscle and a vicinity of an inferior posterior serratus muscle, are woven in an integrated fashion with the hard-to-stretch region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventor: Takemasa Kawahara
  • Publication number: 20110054373
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for diagnosing and treating conditions of the spine employ a garment for selectively positioning vertebrae of a spine of a supine individual, e.g., during diagnostic imaging of the spine. The garment affects movement of vertebrae that can be diagnostically correlated with incidents of back pain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventor: Mark A. Reiley