Orthopedic Bandage Patents (Class 602/1)
  • Patent number: 10556044
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and connectors are provided that introduce a working gas at certain times into a reduced-pressure dressing into order to break or avoid vacuum locks in the conduits removing fluids. In one instance, a reduced-pressure connector includes a connector body for applying a reduced pressure to the tissue site. The connector body is formed with a venting port, a body conduit, and a receptacle to receive a reduced-pressure delivery conduit. The reduced-pressure connector includes a flexible member coupled to the connector body over the venting port. The flexible member is formed with at least one venting aperture. The flexible member is biased away from the venting port and is configured to collapse and seal the venting port under a reduced pressure greater than a threshold pressure. Other systems, apparatuses, and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Mark Robinson, Christopher Brian Locke, Richard Daniel John Coulthard
  • Patent number: 10010658
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are several embodiments of a negative pressure apparatus and methods of using the same in the treatment of wounds. Some embodiments are directed towards improved fluidic connectors configured to transmit irrigation fluid and to apply aspiration to a wound, for example using softer, kink-free conformable layers. Some embodiments may comprise a first channel for delivering irrigation fluid to the wound and a second channel for transmitting negative pressure and removing fluid comprising irrigation fluid and wound exudate from the wound, wherein the channels comprise a flexible spacer material. Some embodiments are directed toward an irrigation manifold attachable to or incorporated as part of a distal end of an irrigation and aspiration fluidic connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: SMITH & NEPHEW PLC
    Inventor: Edward Yerbury Hartwell
  • Patent number: 9693887
    Abstract: A protective patella guard adapted for use with a knee brace having upper and lower frame members. The protective patella guard including an upper cup element coupled to the upper frame member, a lower cup element coupled to the lower frame member, and an intermediate cup element operatively coupled to the upper cup element and lower cup element. The patella guard is transitional between a first configuration and a second configuration, wherein a degree of overlap between the upper cup element, the lower cup element, and the intermediate cup element decreases as the patella guard transitions from the first configuration to the second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Asterick, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Castillo
  • Patent number: 9101509
    Abstract: A protective wrap for a bandage or wound site is provided, wherein the wrap comprises a water impermeable and elastic material that shrouds a portion of a wearer's limb from moisture while showering. The device comprises an elongated wrap body having a pair of ends and an upper and lower edge. A first and second tie strap is disposed the wrap body and on the upper and lower edge, respectively. Along one end and along the interior surface of the wrap is a moisture absorbing material, while along a portion of the upper end is a second length of moisture absorbing material. The second length is also disposed on the interior surface and extends a portion or the substantial entirety of the upper edge length. The wearer places the wrap body around a limb and over an affected area, wherein the tie straps secure the wrap in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Rogers
  • Publication number: 20150088042
    Abstract: A device or structure for fitting on the bottom of an equine leg cast to protect the cast from abrasion and wear, to aid in keeping the cast clean and, in one aspect, to provide a shaped molded rocker bottom that allows the leg cast hoof to rock forward or back, allowing the equine to find a naturally comfortable position and the method of applying the device to an equine leg cast. The device or structure consist, in general, of a solid member having a top face and a bottom face and having malleable straps attached to the solid member and extending from at least two sides of the solid member, which straps are made of material and sized to be capable of being bent or folded upward in a plane perpendicular to the top face of the solid member to attach to an equine leg cast.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Monty L. Ruetenik
  • Publication number: 20140343469
    Abstract: An orthopedic cast cover is provided. The present cast cover provides a removable, sleeve-like device that securely fits over an orthopedic cast to protect skin, clothing, furniture, and other articles from being damaged by the hard, abrasive surface of a plaster or fiberglass orthopedic cast. The present cast cover may further be padded to add an additional layer of protection to the cast cover. The distal end of the cast cover is adapted to fit over the user's hand protruding from the body of the cast and thereby firmly secure it in place. The present invention also has a removable flap or window portion that allows the cast being covered by the present invention to be accessed for activities such as cast signing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Nellie Bush
  • Publication number: 20140316269
    Abstract: A system to apply ultrasound energy to a region surrounding blood flow in a blood vessel from a position outside a patient includes: a therapeutic ultrasound transducer comprising a plurality of transducer elements; and a processor configured to control the plurality of transducer elements; wherein the processor is configured to change phase inputs to the transducer elements to move a focus of the transducer at least 1 cm in a first plane which is substantially along a plane of the transducer elements of the therapeutic ultrasound transducer and at least 1 cm in a second plane orthogonal to the first plane; and wherein the processor is further configured to position the focus of the transducer in sequential positions offset from the blood flow in the blood vessel according to a pattern pre-determined by an operator of the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: KONA MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Jimin Zhang, Michael Gertner
  • Publication number: 20140257155
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a kinesiologic tape which is provided with at least one molded body, said molded body comprising metal, healing stones, wood, ceramics and/or combinations thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Gazi Altinok, Stefanos Vafiadis, Tesfaldet Zemichael, Abidin Celik
  • Patent number: 8771209
    Abstract: A medical bandaging product including a sealable enclosure and a resin-impregnated substrate including a knitted fabric layer having upper and lower surfaces with interconnected knitted fabric yarns knitted such that at least one yarn extends across a gap from the upper surface to the lower surface along a width of the substrate in a back-and-forth pattern forming a single, integrated three-dimensional structure, wherein the at least one yarn extends between non-adjacent needle positions in a back-and-forth pattern in successive courses to provide a continuous pattern on both the upper and lower major surfaces of the substrate, wherein needle bed gap spacing is between 7.1 mm and 8 mm and a total thickness of the substrate is between 4.75 mm and 4.90 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: BSN Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: John C. Evans
  • Patent number: 8752799
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a stand for a cooler containing cooling solution. The cooler further includes an attached flexible tubing outlet for draining the cooling solution through the flexible tube outlet into a medical cuff for reducing swelling of injured tissue. The stand further comprises a cylindrical container with a cavity for receiving through the opened top end of the lateral sidewall the cooler therein. An elongated pedestal is further defined by a top end and a bottom end. The top end of the pedestal is attached underneath the bottom side of the container. The container is supported in an upright position a distance above the surface of the ground. An aperture is located in the lateral side wall for receiving the flexible tubing outlet therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Sheila Elaine Johnson
  • Patent number: 8708938
    Abstract: A low density fabric substrate for a medical bandaging product. The substrate has a plurality of longitudinally-extending voids formed in the fabric for permitting water penetration through the fabric thickness from one of the major faces to the other major faces. A reactive system is impregnated into or coated onto the substrate and remains stable when maintained in substantially moisture-free conditions and hardens upon exposure to sufficient moisture to form a rigid, self supporting structure. A soft, flexible protective material covers at least one of the major faces of the substrate along its length to provide a cushioning barrier between the substrate and the skin of a patient when the material is in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: BSN Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: John C. Evans, Shitij Chabba, Martin O'Hara
  • Publication number: 20130116608
    Abstract: A therapeutic, supportive, or protective device is fabricated from a material capable of contracting in response to interacting with heat, cold, a chemical reagent, electromagnetic energy, or mechanical energy. The device is positioned over an anatomical joint or other body part and via a “shrink fit,” conforms to the part, providing a customizable fit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Inventor: Nick Romcevich
  • Patent number: 8414511
    Abstract: An stretch resistant plantar fascia support system is provided. The stretch resistant plantar fascia support system is adhesively applied to the foot of a patient for providing relief from plantar fasciitis. A portion of the stretch resistant plantar fascia support system is adhesively attached to the bottom surface of the foot for reducing stress on the plantar fascia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventor: Donald P. Bushby
  • Publication number: 20120271210
    Abstract: A conformable material for an orthotic device including a plurality of fibers each including a plurality of filaments encapsulated by a first thermoplastic material. A second thermoplastic material is configured to bind the plurality of fibers and form the conformable material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventors: Anna M. Galea, Kristen LeRoy, John Player
  • Patent number: 8277404
    Abstract: An orthopedic or prosthetic support device is arranged to conform and secure to a limb of a wearer. The device includes a resilient support member adapted to extend about a limb, and a tensioning element associated with the support member. An adjustment system is connected to the support member and engages the tensioning element. The adjustment system is arranged to incrementally adjust and retain the tensioning element relative to the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Ossur HF
    Inventor: Palmi Einarsson
  • Publication number: 20120232448
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dermal body-adhesive tape, comprising an elastic woven fabric and an adhesive coating layer applied thereon, characterized in that the adhesive coating layer is covered with a plurality of fascial bodies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventor: Dirk WÜST
  • Patent number: 8216162
    Abstract: An stretch resistant plantar fascia support system is provided. The stretch resistant plantar fascia support system is adhesively applied to the foot of a patient for providing relief from plantar fasciitis. A portion of the stretch resistant plantar fascia support system is adhesively attached to the bottom surface of the foot for reducing stress on the plantar fascia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Applied Biokinetics, LLC
    Inventor: Donald P. Bushby
  • Patent number: 8162862
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dressing material comprising a thermoplastic, the thermoplastic being applied to a first textile web and the thermoplastic containing a first microencapsulated dye. Furthermore, the invention comprises a production method and a bandage, an orthopedic support dressing and an application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Karl Otto Braun GmbH & Co. KG.
    Inventors: Guenter Langen, Marita Meister
  • Patent number: 8158844
    Abstract: A reduced-pressure treatment system for applying reduced pressure to a tissue site at a limited-access location on a patient includes a reduced-pressure source, a treatment manifold for placing proximate the tissue site and operable to distribute reduced pressure to the tissue site, and a sealing member for placing over the tissue site and operable to form a pneumatic seal over the tissue site. The reduced-pressure treatment system also includes a reduced-pressure bridge and a moisture-removing device on at least portion of the reduced-pressure bridge. The reduced-pressure bridge includes a delivery manifold operable to transfer the reduced pressure to the treatment manifold, an encapsulating envelope at least partially enclosing the delivery manifold and having a patient-facing side, and a reduced-pressure-interface site formed proximate one end of the reduced-pressure bridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce McNeil
  • Publication number: 20120071802
    Abstract: A fracture reduction is mechanically achieved by supporting a body region having the bone fracture on a frame. A first reduction mechanism on the frame is operated to apply to the bone fracture a first predefined force reduction vector that returns the bone fracture to a corrective alignment in a first anatomic orientation, while also mechanically maintaining the corrective alignment in the first anatomic orientation. Independently, a second reduction mechanism on the frame is operated to apply a second predefined force reduction vector that returns the bone fracture to a corrective alignment in a second anatomic orientation different than the first anatomic orientation without altering the corrective alignment in the first anatomic orientation, while mechanically maintaining the corrective alignment in the second anatomic orientation. The fracture reduction is mechanically fixed by mechanically guiding the placement at least one bone fixing device into the reduced bone fracture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: Fixes 4 Kids Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Reiley, James C. Colin, Mattew Thompson, Kurt Vedder
  • Patent number: 8065105
    Abstract: A system including a platform having a receptacle adapted to a bottom of a shoe or foot; securing mechanism, associated therewith; a sole for contacting a ground surface; a mechanism associated with the sole and a platform bottom, including: motor and a thrusting element, activated by the motor, the thrusting element adapted to move between the sole and the platform to apply an upward force against the platform bottom, thereby changing a platform height with respect to the sole; a sensor device adapted to associate with a lower limb, and to produce a locomotion data signal, and a microprocessor, operatively connected to the sensor device and motor, adapted to: receive locomotion information based on the signal; process the locomotion information to determine a locomotion phase, and control a timing of the mechanism, based on the determination, to change the height during a locomotion swing phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Step of Mind Ltd.
    Inventors: Simona Bar-Haim, Mark Belokopytov
  • Patent number: 8057414
    Abstract: A polycentric hinge is positioned on one side of the patient's knee and a unicentric hinge is positioned on a second side of the knee. A lower portion of the polycentric and unicentric hinge is attached to a knee cuff about a lower leg of the patient. An upper arm of the polycentric and unicentric hinge is attached to a thigh cuff, the upper arm of the unicentric hinge being longer than the upper arm of the polycentric hinge. The upper arm of the unicentric hinge has a 15° to 20° set back angle when the patient's leg is straight. The polycentric hinge has a slotted central plate with star gears engaging a back portion and multiple movable blocks mounted in screw holes on a front edge of the slotted plate supporting an elastic band having a fulcrum point on the polycentric hinge at a lower and upper end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventor: Richard A. Nace
  • Publication number: 20110275969
    Abstract: One example embodiment includes a pre-cut strip of kinesiology tape. The pre-cut strip of kinesiology tape includes a fabric. The fabric includes a weave of fibers, where the fibers include an elastic fiber covered by a covering material. The fabric also includes a first end and a second end, where the second end is opposite the first end. The fabric further includes one or more rounded corners. The pre-cut strip of kinesiology tape also includes a longitudinal cut in the fabric. The longitudinal cut passes through at least a portion of the fabric and extends from the first end to a pre-determined distance from the second end. The pre-cut strip of kinesiology tape also includes adhesive on a first surface of the fabric, where the adhesive is configured to adhere the fabric to a human body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicant: LUMOS, INC.
    Inventor: Reed Quinn
  • Patent number: 8043240
    Abstract: A protective cover for a cast. Exemplary embodiments include a cover for a lower arm cast including an optional thumb cover. Exemplary embodiments may be constructed from resilient foam located within a protective shell, and the protective shell may include fasteners arranged to retain the cast cover around the cast. An exemplary thumb cover includes a plurality of pockets, each of which holds a thumb pad. The exemplary thumb cover may be installed on the cast prior to installing the cast cover, and the thumb cover may extend through an opening in the cast cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Inventor: Lee J. Piatek
  • Patent number: 7988653
    Abstract: An adjustable support assembly for an orthopedic brace has a support bar, a housing and a locking mechanism. The housing includes a travel track which receives the support bar. The locking mechanism includes a lock stop and a lock peg array having at least one column and a plurality of rows. The lock stop is perpendicularly positioned between two lock pegs in adjacent rows to prevent displacement of the support bar in the travel track when the length locking mechanism is in the closed position and the lock stop is parallely positioned to enable displacement of the support bar in the travel track when the length locking mechanism is in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Breg, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Fout, James D. Burke
  • Patent number: 7943699
    Abstract: Disclosed are films, tapes, and melt-spun fibers prepared from a composition comprising (a) at least one polyester polymer and (b) from about 1 to 30 weight % of at least one ethylene copolymer such as ethylene/vinyl acetate dipolymers, ethylene/vinyl acetate terpolymers, ethylene/alkyl (meth)acrylate dipolymers, ethylene/alkyl (meth)acrylate terpolymers, functionalized ethylene copolymers, ethylene/acid copolymers, and salts thereof. The films, tapes and fibers exhibit improved tensile properties such as tensile strength and elongation at break compared to non-modified polyester compositions. Also disclosed are textiles and articles prepared from the fibers described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Loic Pierre Rolland, Sam Louis Samuels
  • Patent number: 7942840
    Abstract: Braces are disclosed that are capable of stabilizing an injured limb, particularly an injured wrist. An exemplary brace fits across the injury in contact with the user's hand or foot and, in certain embodiments, in contact with the thumb and/or fingers or toes. The brace typically contains an adjustable casing and in some embodiments a removable support connecting one portion of the user's arm to another. The brace also includes compressible material such as an air cell. Systems and method for use and manufacture of the braces are also contemplated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: DJO, LLC
    Inventors: David C. Hargrave, Eugene Prais
  • Patent number: 7935069
    Abstract: Devices and methods are disclosed for achieving control and stabilization of bone fractures in mammals, most specifically humans. Stabilization and traction is often required to support fractured bones of the arms or legs. The devices and methods disclosed herein are especially useful in the emergency or military setting. The devices utilize a collapsible frame or inflatable member that may be expanded and locked into position. The frame or inflatable member is fabricated primarily from polymeric materials with low radiodensity. The limb contact regions are adjustable to fit a wide variety of limb sizes and fracture locations. The traction applied by the splint is adjustable, controllable and measurable. The traction splint is sufficiently compact that it will fit in a compartment of most ambulances and emergency rescue vehicles, thus making it more available for use than standard traction splints in use today. The traction splint is either a separate device or integrated into a backboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Damage Control Surgical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Buckman, Jay A. Lenker, Donald J. Kolehmainen
  • Patent number: 7935068
    Abstract: An orthopedic or prosthetic support device is arranged to conform and secure to a limb of a wearer. The device includes a resilient support member adapted to extend about a limb, and a tensioning element associated with the support member. An adjustment system is connected to the support member and engages the tensioning element. The adjustment system is arranged to incrementally adjust and retain the tensioning element relative to the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Ossur HF
    Inventor: Palmi Einarsson
  • Patent number: 7897399
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to nitric oxide sensors and systems. In some embodiments one or more devices are provided that include one or more nitric oxide sensors; one or more transmitters; and one or more controllers configured to transmit using the one or more transmitters one or more signals that are associated with controlling one or more nitric oxide generators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Leif T. Stordal, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7854712
    Abstract: A medical bandaging product having a predetermined length suitable for a given medical use, including an enclosure formed of a moisture-impervious material sealable to prevent entry of moisture and a medical bandage material positioned in the enclosure and sealed therein against entry of moisture until use. The medical bandage material includes a substrate formed from a single integrated knitted fabric layer having a plurality of interconnected knitted fabric yarns forming a three-dimensional structure. A reactive system is impregnated into or coated onto the substrate. The system remains stable when maintained in substantially moisture-free conditions and hardens upon exposure to sufficient moisture to cooperate with the three-dimensional structure to form a rigid, self supporting structure. A soft, flexible protective wrapping encloses the substrate along its length for providing a cushioning barrier interposed between the substrate and a patient when the medical bandage material is in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: BSN Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: John C. Evans, Keith Clapham
  • Patent number: 7846400
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to substrates associated with nitric oxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Leif T. Stordal, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20100298747
    Abstract: One example embodiment includes body-adhesive kinesiology tape. The body-adhesive kinesiology tape includes a strip of kinesiology tape. The strip of kinesiology tape includes a first end and a second end where the second end is opposite the first end. The body-adhesive kinesiology tape also includes a longitudinal cut in the strip of kinesiology tape extending from the first end to a pre-determined distance from the second end and adhesive on a first surface of the strip of kinesiology tape. The adhesive is configured to adhere the strip of kinesiology tape to a human body. The body-adhesive kinesiology tape further includes a backing material on the first surface of the strip of kinesiology tape. The backing material is configured to cover the adhesive and protect the adhesive from drying until a user is ready to apply the strip of kinesiology tape to the human body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Applicant: LUMOS INC.
    Inventor: Reed M. Quinn
  • Publication number: 20100234780
    Abstract: An adjustable pelvic compression belt for the reducing the width of, and/or realigning, a user's hips that is particularly adapted for post-parturition use. The belt may include an inner belt to be wrapped around the user's hips and positioned below the iliac crest. The midpoint of an outer belt may be attached to the inner belt at or near the midpoint of the inner belt. The ends of the outer belt may be adjusted to cinch the inner belt around the hips of the user, thereby compressing the user's pelvic girdle. Thereafter, the outer belt may be incrementally adjusted to further compress the user's pelvic girdle resulting in a narrowing of the user's hips. The belt is preferably worn within two to three months post-parturition or during a period in which relaxin is being administered to the user, and has a strength and thickness that facilitates use under garments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Applicant: Shrinkx, Inc.
    Inventor: Janiene Allen
  • Publication number: 20100204626
    Abstract: A testicle immobilizing device and method therefor capable of substantially immobilizing a patient's testicles with respect to the patient's body for the purpose of facilitating examination, operation preparation, and/or operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Inventor: Ron Lemond
  • Publication number: 20100152624
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) for ultrasonically treating an injury in conjunction with an orthopaedic cast (288) is disclosed. The apparatus includes a portable self-contained main operating unit (12), a support fixture (110, 520, 590, 610, 632, 672, 708, 824), an ultrasonic transducer treatment head module (14), and casting material for attaching the support fixture (110, 520, 590, 610, 632, 672, 708, 824) to the orthopaedic cast (288). The support fixture (110, 520, 590, 610, 632, 672, 708, 824) is configured and adapted for attachment to the orthopaedic cast (288) adjacent an external site corresponding to an internal injury remote from the main operating unit (12). The support fixture (110, 520, 590, 610, 632, 672, 708, 824) has a body (114) and at least one mesh projection (112, 526) extending from the body (114).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2006
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Applicant: SMITH & NEPHEW, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin J. Tanis, Debra Ann Arrington, John B. Schneider
  • Patent number: 7713223
    Abstract: Hand and/or wrist support apparatus, comprising in combination, a first brace configured for application to the hand and/or wrist of the user, and a second brace configured for application over at least a portion of the first brace, each brace configured for in-place retention, providing support to a substantial portion of the hand and/or wrist of the user, including the thumb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Weber Orthopedic Inc.
    Inventors: James J. Weber, David Auberbach, Shane M. Woods
  • Patent number: 7670308
    Abstract: An articulated, adjustable, and lockable alignment arm, and associated extensions and accessories, which are user manipulable to model the size and shape of the fractured limb of a patient in the field. The alignment arm includes a first elongated arm segment, a second elongated arm segment, and connector means for interconnecting the first segment to the second segment through respective pivotal receivers having normal axes of rotation. The alignment arm is adjusted for proper orientation by setting it over the injury, and then locking the arm into a selected orientation which models the patient's limb around the area of the injury. Next, first and second arm extenders and protective end pads are used to expand the effective size of the alignment arm to form a custom splint structure. Lastly, the splint structure is secured to the patient's injured limb through the use of flexible cravats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Inventor: Anthony G. Borschneck
  • Patent number: 7666156
    Abstract: A knee brace, method of use thereof, and modification to an existing knee brace facilitates inducing side loads to a knee joint to align upper and lower leg portions relative to one another, thereby allowing the knee joint to function properly over its full dynamic range of motion. The knee brace, whether as manufactured or modified, acts to apply a lateral shear force to the knee joint through application of opposing lateral forces, with one lateral force being above the knee joint in one direction and the other lateral force being below the knee joint in an opposite direction. The counteracting forces act to shift femoral condyles and tibial condyles of the knee joint back into proper lateral alignment without acting directly on the patella to counteract the effects of the patella femoral syndrome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Inventor: Alice M. Brown
  • Patent number: 7666158
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided to reduce a foot drop condition. In an embodiment, an adjustable apparatus includes a lower leg member that can be secured to a lower leg portion of a user. The lower leg member can be adjustably and releasably coupled to a user's footwear to assist in orienting the user's foot at a desired orientation. In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a molded brace member that can be secured to a user's lower leg below the calf. The molded brace member can be sized and dimensioned to correspond to the associated measurements of the lower leg of a user afflicted with a foot drop condition. A lacing member can be coupled to the user's footwear and coupled to the molded brace member to orient the user's foot at a desired orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Inventors: Cynthia Jacobsen, Jay Ellis
  • Patent number: 7658720
    Abstract: An orthopedic appliance such as a body brace or a prosthesis includes a substantially rigid structure adapted to be placed against a body portion. The orthopedic appliance of the invention includes a moisture management system for facilitating the removal of moisture that would otherwise accumulate between the affected body portion and the substantially rigid structure. The moisture management system includes a plurality of ventilation holes through the substantially rigid structure, and means for facilitating the transfer of moisture directly out through the ventilation holes to the atmosphere. The facilitating means can include a flexible support means disposed between the substantially rigid body portion, the support means either being porous, or the support means having a plurality of holes therethrough in alignment with the holes in the substantially rigid structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: DJO, LLC
    Inventor: G. W. Jim Johnson, III
  • Patent number: 7645251
    Abstract: A quick-release mechanism for disconnecting the footwear and footplate of an orthoses from a rotation bar, 90-degree bar, or other component of an orthosis is disclosed. The mechanism allows the footwear to be fitted to a patient with the bar or other component disengaged, while also allowing the angle between the bar or other component and the footplate to be locked when the orthosis is in place in order to treat conditions such as clubfoot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Inventors: Dale L. Hatton, Zane G. Wallace, Gary W. Horton
  • Patent number: 7632216
    Abstract: A brace compliance monitor is disclosed that includes a compliance sensor, a signal processor, and a display. Compliance data displayed on the display to provide the patient or subject with immediate compliance information on whether they have been wearing the brace for the specified period and in the specified manner. The brace compliance monitor may also include a secondary sensor such as a tilt sensor, a pressure sensor, a force sensor, an acceleration sensor, or a velocity sensor. The secondary sensors may provide additional compliance data to the patient and health care provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: The Nemours Foundation
    Inventors: Tariq Rahman, J. Richard Bowen
  • Patent number: 7625350
    Abstract: A patellofemoral brace consisting of a sleeve adapted to be worn by a user in the knee area and having a patella interior opening is provided with a glide which is adjustably carried by the sleeve and which includes a patella engaging brace pad which may be silicon filled and which is generally U-shaped having one longer leg and one shorter leg. The brace is used to influence proper positioning of the patella by the generation of a force applied to the superolateral aspect of the patella to correct misalignment of the patella.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Inventors: David Hunter, Glenn Colaco
  • Patent number: 7618387
    Abstract: A corrective device to be worn on a human foot having a misalignment and positioned inside of footwear. The device having an inner shell having a first material composition and flexibility, and shaped to accommodate receiving therein and supportingly couple with the foot, and an outer shell having a second material composition and flexibility, the second material composition and flexibility being substantially the same as the first flexibility, the outer shell shaped to accommodate receiving therein the inner shell, supportingly couple with the inner shell and allow positioning into the footwear. At least a sufficient portion of a pressure is distributed by the outer shell and the inner shell over a desired area of the foot to provide an amount of correction to the misalignment while allowing the human to wear the inner shell inside of the outer shell inside of the footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Cascade DAFO, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald R. Buethorn
  • Publication number: 20090281469
    Abstract: A compliance strapping includes a predetermined adjustability, tamper deterring and indicating strapping, adapted, in use, to form an encircling loop. The compliance strapping is passed around an object and for further security the strap can be threaded through lining material or through a wearable article or medical device. The free end of the elongate member is passed through the loop, which may be a D-loop sewn into the strapping, thus forming an encircling loop of strapping. The second end is brought around to close proximity with a region of the strapping which has been passed through the loop and the tamper indicating means fastened known as the self locking rivet to said region of the strapping. Thus the encircling loop cannot be broken because the region of the strapping with the self locking rivet fastened thereto cannot pass back through the D-loop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Applicant: FASTFORM RESEARCH LTD
    Inventors: Kevin Conlon, David Sheehan, Kerry Meehan
  • Patent number: 7608090
    Abstract: The stretch tape of the present invention for eyelid facelifting is stuck between eyes and near inner corners of eyes, or near the outer corner of each eye, enabling facelifting which makes the eyes look slitter and brighter by stretching the skins of eyelids by the stretch tape. The stretch tape is tapered so that the stretch tape points the inner edge or the outer edge of the eye. The stretch tape of the present invention for nose facelifting has a shape of an inverted character U or an inverted character V, the top portion of the inverted U or V shape is stuck to an upper portion of the nose in between eyes, and both foot portions of the inverted U or the V shape are stuck at both sides of the hillside portion of the nose, so that the stretch tape stretches the hillside portion of the nose toward a head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Kazu Investment Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideki Matsui
  • Patent number: 7608051
    Abstract: A polycentric hinge is positioned on one side of the patient's knee and a unicentric hinge is positioned on a second side of the knee. A lower portion of the polycentric and unicentric hinge is attached to a knee cuff about a lower leg of the patient. An upper arm of the polycentric and unicentric hinge is attached to a thigh cuff, the upper arm of the unicentric hinge being longer than the upper arm of the polycentric hinge. The upper arm of the unicentric hinge has a 15° to 20° set back angle when the patient's leg is straight. The polycentric hinge has a slotted central plate with star gears engaging a back portion and multiple movable blocks mounted in screw holes on a front edge of the slotted plate supporting an elastic band having a fulcrum point on the polycentric hinge at a lower and upper end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Inventor: Richard A. Nace
  • Patent number: 7601132
    Abstract: A traction force is applied at an angle to the longitudinal axis of the patient's spine and progressively increased over a period of time. A fulcrum member is applied against the posterior portion of the cervical region of a person's spine while the traction force pulls the cervical region and bends it rearwardly about the fulcrum member to stretch the soft tissues of the spine. In preferred embodiments the fulcrum member applies a progressively increasing fulcrum force, and the traction force likewise progressively increases during the treatment period. An electronic control system may be used to automatically control application of the fulcrum and traction forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Nichols Therapy Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jarrod L. Nichols, Galen R. Ackerman
  • Patent number: 7591797
    Abstract: A flexible fluid filled actuator has an elastic bladder and a guide surrounding the bladder. The guide has asymmetrical elastic properties. When the bladder is inflated the guide directs the bladder to expand preferentially in a selected direction or directions. The actuator has utility in the traction and/or unloading of portions of the body. A fluid-filled traction apparatus is disclosed which has particular advantages in spinal unloading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Pneu Medex Inc.
    Inventors: Greg Hakonson, Christopher Denny, Scott Phillips, Mark Foster