Upper Extremity Patents (Class 602/20)
  • Patent number: 10918927
    Abstract: A swing training device has an upper cuff for removably receiving an upper arm of a user and a lower cuff for removably receiving a lower arm of the user. A hinge connects the cuffs, which are movable about the hinge and relative to each other between an extended position and a retracted position. An elastic member biases the cuffs toward the extended position. The device may be utilized for medical uses, such as for rehabilitation or strengthening exercises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Sports 40 40, LLC
    Inventor: Jose Canseco
  • Patent number: 10918513
    Abstract: A shoulder immobilizer (20) includes a semi-rigid or rigid orthosis, in the form of an arm support (22), which supports the upper arm, elbow, forearm and wrist of a patient. A bolster (24) is positioned between the patient and the arm support (22). A body strap (26) extends around the patient and attaches to the arm support (22) and/or the bolster (24), holding the arm support and bolster in position against the body of the patient. In embodiments, the shoulder immobilizer (20) may utilize a shoulder strap (28), but such a shoulder strap is not necessary for shoulder immobilization of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: DJO, LLC
    Inventors: Steve Golden, Nathaniel Cohen, Ronald Joseph, Marc Safran
  • Patent number: 10874573
    Abstract: An extremity support system comprising a board having an upper surface that supports a resilient member. The board has a curved portion that facilitates it to pivot when connected to a table or bed. It also has a plurality of openings for holding a plurality of straps that can be positioned over the resilient member. The resilient member also includes a rounded end for facilitating the board to pivot; and a top furrow that supports and provides access to an extremity extending off the surface of the table or bed of a patient laying in a plurality of positions. In addition, the straps have methods of placement to function as non-occlusive non-obstructive guardrails that maintain the extremity in the furrow of the resilient member, do not interfere with the ability of the board to pivot, and do not touch the extremity under usual circumstances thereby preventing injuries to an arm or a leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: SINGER INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Adam Joel Singer
  • Patent number: 10835406
    Abstract: Some aspects of the present disclosure describe an orthopedic brace for a portion of a user's upper extremity distal to the elbow. The orthopedic brace includes a body configured to surround said portion of the user's upper extremity. The body includes a first region configured to stabilize said portion of the user's upper extremity. The orthopedic brace includes a second region coupled to the first region. The second region has sufficient elasticity to enable the body to adjust circumferentially to fit said portion of the user's upper extremity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Ortho Systems
    Inventors: Edwin Erwin, Zhuang Shao, Kenji Watabe, Tracy E. Grim
  • Patent number: 10806621
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes an infant brace for treating an infant with a fractured clavicle. The infant brace includes a torso portion for receiving the donning infant's torso, and an arm portion for receiving the donning infant's arm on the side coinciding with the fractured clavicle. The infant brace is formed from an elastic netting material. The infant brace provides effective immobilization of the infant's affected upper arm while minimizing risks of over-heating or causing pressure sores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: SPROSSENTECH, LLC
    Inventor: Kirsten Quist
  • Patent number: 10799382
    Abstract: [Problem] To provide a correcting tool by which the center of the body is stabilized and/or a twist in the body is corrected by simply wearing the correcting tool in everyday life. [Solution] According to the present invention, the following invention is provided. (1) A tool for correcting a twist in the body is composed of a cylindrical material having elasticity with a diameter of 7-20 mm, a width 5-10 mm, a thickness of 1-3 mm, and a hardness of 4-6. According to the present invention, the tool of the present invention is worn to perform daily life activities or exercise, thereby stabilizing the center of the body and/or correcting a twist in the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: NAKAME, INC.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Matsuda
  • Patent number: 10709597
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention include a radial arm board for use during a cardiac procedure with an upper arm board and a lower arm board. The radial arm board includes one or more motors to control the position of the arm with a control panel. The components of the radial arm board can be moved laterally, raised, and lowered, thus allowing multiple degrees of freedom for the device. The radial arm allows comfort for the patient, accessibility of the arm to the doctor, and eliminates the need for manual manipulation of the radial arm board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Patrick H. Spence
  • Patent number: 10695209
    Abstract: A scoliosis activity suit includes a body-wrapping portion and a correction portion. The correction portion has a front segment, a rear segment, a shoulder-pulling segment, a chest-pressing segment, a pelvis-lifting segment, and a upper trapezius pressing segment. The shoulder-pulling segment, the chest-pressing segment, the pelvis-lifting segment, and the upper trapezius pressing segment are formed on a front side of the body-wrapping portion and extend to the rear segment of the correction portion. To users with scoliosis, the correction portion generates a 3D compression force on different portions of the spine of the user, such that a backward pulling force against a protracted portion of the shoulder, an uplifting force against an inclined portion of the pelvis, and a pulling force against portions with spinal sidebend can be provided. Besides, being lightweight and easy for users to wear, the suit fulfills practice of daily life adjustment and correction for scoliosis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Wen Hua Hsu
  • Patent number: 10639015
    Abstract: A sweat sensor device (400c) for sensing sweat on the skin (12) includes one or more sweat sensors (420) and a volume-reducing component that provides a volume-reduced pathway (480) for sweat between the one or more sweat sensors (420) and sweat glands in said skin (12) when the device (400c) is positioned on said skin (12). The volume-reducing component may include a volume-reducing material (470) and a pressure-permeated component (460), a sweat dissolvable material (490), a mechanically compliant material (570) for conforming to the skin (12), an adhesive with a vertically anisotropic sweat pathway, and microcapsules (1385) including a barrier material. The presence of a volume-reducing component reduces the sweat volume and decreases the sampling interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: University of Cincinnati
    Inventor: Jason C. Heikenfeld
  • Patent number: 10645614
    Abstract: According to one aspect there is provided a method in an apparatus in a first network operating according to a first radio access technology, RAT, the method comprising evaluating (101) parameters and/or rules for a terminal device as part of an access network selection, traffic steering and/or traffic aggregation procedure between the first network and a second network operating according to a second RAT; starting (103) a timer if the parameters and/or rules are satisfied; and adjusting (105) the operation of the timer in the event that a change or potential change to the parameters and/or rules occurs prior to expiry of the timer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications Corp., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mattias Tan Bergström, Henrik Enbuske
  • Patent number: 10631207
    Abstract: According to one aspect there is provided a method in an apparatus in a first network operating according to a first radio access technology, RAT, the method comprising evaluating (101) parameters and/or rules for a terminal device as part of an access network selection, traffic steering and/or traffic aggregation procedure between the first network and a second network operating according to a second RAT; starting (103) a timer if the parameters and/or rules are satisfied; and adjusting (105) the operation of the timer in the event that a change or potential change to the parameters and/or rules occurs prior to expiry of the timer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Mattias Tan Bergström, Henrik Enbuske
  • Patent number: 10610400
    Abstract: A contouring arm and shoulder support is provided that is secured to a supporting and stabilizing belt. The support system comprises a belt support and an arm support that are operatively interconnected and yet easily disassociated. The arm support provides dynamic support that allows the patient to move their injured arm if needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Ronald Louis Krenzel
  • Patent number: 10602405
    Abstract: According to one aspect there is provided a method in an apparatus in a first network operating according to a first radio access technology, RAT, the method comprising evaluating (101) parameters and/or rules for a terminal device as part of an access network selection, traffic steering and/or traffic aggregation procedure between the first network and a second network operating according to a second RAT; starting (103) a timer if the parameters and/or rules are satisfied; and adjusting (105) the operation of the timer in the event that a change or potential change to the parameters and/or rules occurs prior to expiry of the timer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications Corp., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mattias Tan Bergström, Henrik Enbuske
  • Patent number: 10500101
    Abstract: A waterproof cast liner is formed by inverting a waterproof cast sleeve over a padding material and sealing the inner and outer layers together to produce a waterproof cast. The padding material is retained within the waterproof enclosure formed by the inverted and seal liner and a rigid material is configure around the outer layer of the inverted sleeve and the limb to form a waterproof cast. A waterproof cast sleeve may have an appendage conduit that branches from the sleeve conduit to enable an appendage such as a thumb or finger to extend out from the waterproof cast. The inner and outer layer of the inverted sleeve or waterproof liner are sealed together to produce a waterproof enclosure for the padding material. The seal may include a thermal seal or adhesive and the rigid material of the cast may form an adhesive for the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: Jean Norvell
  • Patent number: 10485687
    Abstract: A device for managing patellofemoral pain includes a wearable anchor structure configured to be positioned adjacent to the knee joint of a user. A spring mechanism is attachable, during use, to the anchor structure at first and second attachment positions located laterally and medially of the knee joint, respectively. An attachment component is coupled to the spring mechanism and has an attachment surface configured to be removably attached, during use, to the skin over the patella of the user such that the spring mechanism applies a tension force on the attachment component in an anterior direction. Methods for managing patellofemoral pain and realigning the patella and a patellofemoral pain management kit are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: K-Neesio LLC
    Inventor: Michael J. Emmerling
  • Patent number: 10485692
    Abstract: A shoulder orthosis (1) including a support portion (2) for positioning above a shoulder of user, which support portion exhibits a front (3) and a rear (4) portion which are formed so as to in use be positioned respectively in front of and behind a shoulder joint of the shoulder, a chest band (5) for connection to said front and rear regions and extending around a users chest in use, an arm cuff for application around an arm associated with the shoulder of the user, tension bands for connecting the support portion and the arm cuff. The arm cuff is a lower arm cuff (6) for positioning around said lower arm, the support portion (2) includes the upper arm cuff (7) for the positioning onto the upper arm of said arm, and said tension bands (8) join the upper arm cuff (7) and the lower arm cuff (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Lars-Ove Kuorak, Kurt Lennart Larsson
  • Patent number: 10375603
    Abstract: According to one aspect there is provided a method in an apparatus in a first network operating according to a first radio access technology, RAT, the method comprising evaluating parameters and/or rules for a terminal device as part of an access network selection, traffic steering and/or traffic aggregation procedure between the first network and a second network operating according to a second RAT; starting a timer if the parameters and/or rules are satisfied; and adjusting the operation of the timer in the event that a change or potential change to the parameters and/or rules occurs prior to expiry of the timer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Mattias Bergström, Henrik Enbuske
  • Patent number: 10327940
    Abstract: A spiral brace has an inner surface that corresponds to a digital representation of an injured limb. The spiral brace can wrap around a length of the limb in a helical manner. The body of the spiral brace may be a single piece structure that is fenestrated to provide air circulation to the injured limb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: 3D SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Scott Summit, Kenneth B Trauner
  • Patent number: 10307102
    Abstract: A garment for bringing an EM transducer to contact with a thoracic skin surface area of a wearer is disclosed. The garment comprises a thoracic garment having a EM transducer placement portion and a pressure applying element associated with the EM transducer placement portion for applying a pressure on an EM transducer secured in an associated the EM transducer placement portion when the thoracic garment is worn by a wearer so that the EM transducer applies a respective pressure on a thoracic skin surface area of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Sensible Medical Innovations Ltd.
    Inventors: Amir Saroka, Leonid Voshin, Jonathan Bar-Or, Tal Levi, Ofer Karp, Yiftach Barash, Nadav Mizrahi, Dan Rappaport, Shlomi Bergida, Jonathan Bahat
  • Patent number: 10306935
    Abstract: A system and/or method a may include adjusting an opening in a garment. The method may include disconnecting at least one fastener attaching a first portion of material to a second portion of the material forming an opening in a garment with a first diameter. The method may include expanding the first opening from the first diameter to a second larger diameter using a third portion of material attaching the first portion to the second portion of material. The method may include inserting an appendage of a user through the expanded opening. At least a portion of the appendage may include a medical device. The medical device may be inhibited from conveying through the opening with the first diameter. The method may include folding the third portion of material within the first diameter of the opening when the at least one fastener is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Lawrence J. Knipp, Wanda V. Molinary, Veronica N. Knipp, Gregory A. Knipp, Mitchell L. Knipp
  • Patent number: 10285841
    Abstract: A stabilizing and mobility-enhancing brace for the shoulder joint is a device for providing structural support to the user's shoulder joint while allowing a degree of mobility for the user's shoulder and the user's arm. The device includes a shoulder joint brace for providing stability to the shoulder as well as an elbow brace for providing stability to the arm. The elbow brace is connected to the shoulder joint brace through a mobility strap and a deltoid connector strap that enable movement of the user's arm. The mobility strap is engaged through a strap groove on the shoulder joint brace and is able to slide over a roller assembly within the strap groove. The shoulder joint brace is also secured to a lateral thoracic brace worn on the user's body via a torso strap assembly. The elbow brace is fastened in place via a plurality of elbow securing straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Rojan John Pappady
  • Patent number: 10264904
    Abstract: An anti-tremor utensil includes an anti-tremor mechanism within a hollow handle. The anti-tremor mechanism includes at least one elastic, fluid-filled ball that isolates tremor-induced motion of handle from the utensil's implement head, e.g., spoon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Dongho Kim, Kwanwoo Yoon
  • Patent number: 10105251
    Abstract: A flexible joint brace. The brace has a generally annular structure with a main section and at least one support section aligned along a plane of motion for the human limb or aligned along a meridian proximate to the joint. The main section is formed with larger holes throughout and the support section is formed with smaller holes, the smaller holes providing an increased volume of material that supports and stabilizes the underlying joint in the direction of movement affected by the injury or arthritis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Chris Dudziak
  • Patent number: 9968477
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides exemplary arm immobilization devices for a person and associated methods of use. Thus, in one aspect, the disclosure provides a device including or comprising an outer shell including an internal cavity and a configurable structure disposed within the internal cavity of the outer shell. The outer shell can be configured and dimensioned to accommodate an arm of a person thereon. Expansion or contraction of the configurable structure can drive expansion or contraction of the outer shell. In another aspect, the disclosure provides methods for immobilizing an arm of a person that include providing an arm immobilization device and supporting the arm of the person with the outer shell and the configurable structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Soteria Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Ian K. Y. Lo
  • Patent number: 9918868
    Abstract: A bodily support assembly includes a bag that may insertably receive each of pair of forearms of a user. A first strap is attached to the bag and a first coupler is attached to the first strap. A second strap is attached to the bag and the second strap may be extended around a neck of a user. A second coupler is attached to the second strap and the second coupler is complementary with respect to the first coupler. Thus, the first coupler and the second coupler retain the first strap and the second strap around the user's neck thereby facilitating the bag to support the user's forearms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Richard Colonna
  • Patent number: 9858359
    Abstract: A conformable hand brace includes inner surfaces for supporting thumb and palm portions of a patient's hand and an adjustable mechanism that allows the cross section of the brace to be adjusted. The design of the conformal hand brace can be automatically designed by a computer based upon anatomical measurements of a patient's hand derived from a plurality of photographs of the hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: 3D SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Scott Summit, Kenneth B. Trauner, Andrew R. Miller, Andew Zukoski, Robert P. Vallone
  • Patent number: 9707393
    Abstract: A feedback-control wearable upper-limb electrical stimulation device includes a plurality of electrical stimulation electrodes (10), a plurality of electromyography signal sensors (20), an electrical stimulation output unit (30), an electromyography signal acquisition unit (35), an electromyography signal operation unit (40), and a control module (50). Each electrical stimulation electrode (10) is adhered to or fixed in contact with a human trunk and applies an electrical stimulation signal to the neuromuscular system of the human trunk. Each electromyography signal sensor (20) is adhered to or fixed in contact with the human trunk at a corresponding position of the neuromuscular system of the human trunk where each electrical stimulation electrode (10) is disposed in an adhered manner. The electrical stimulation output unit (30) is connected to each electrical stimulation electrode (10) and provides an electrical stimulation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: National Yunlin University of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Ya-Hsin Hsueh, Chun-Yu Yeh, Hsin-Chang Lo
  • Patent number: 9687101
    Abstract: A tree collar includes a sleeve formed into a frusto-conical shape and having an inner facing surface, an outer facing surface, a top edge, a bottom edge, a first end and a second end. The first and second ends overlap each other to adjust a diameter of the sleeve and a length of the band at the top edge is less than a length of the band at the bottom edge. A first clasp secures a portion of the top edge of the sleeve to a different portion of the top edge of the sleeve. A second clasp secures a portion of the bottom edge of the sleeve to a different portion of the bottom edge of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul D. Reetz, Laura E. Ramthun
  • Patent number: 9668902
    Abstract: A contouring arm and shoulder support is provided that is secured to a supporting and stabilizing belt. The support system comprises a belt support and an arm support that are operatively interconnected and yet easily disassociated. The arm support provides dynamic support that allows the patient to move their injured arm if needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Ronald Louis Krenzel
  • Patent number: 9610187
    Abstract: A topical proprioceptive tube and method of use for enhancing performance, reducing the risk of knee injury, or both. The tube includes a flexible sleeve having at least: a hamstring buttress, a knee buttress, or both, wherein the hamstring buttress and the knee buttress are configured to be coupled to the interior of the flexible sleeve such that the hamstring buttress applies pressure to at least a portion of one of the subject's hamstring muscles and the knee buttress applies pressure to at least a portion of the subject's Vastus Medialis Obliquus (VMO) when worn by the subject to provide the desired effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Topical Gear, LLC
    Inventor: William D. Bue, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9529941
    Abstract: A conformable hand brace includes a support surface for supporting palm portion of a patient's hand and an adjustable mechanism that allows the cross section of the brace to be adjusted. The brace can be adjusted to provide a close fit as the geometry of the hand changes. The inventive system allows the conformable hand brace to be designed automatically by a computer based upon anatomical measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: 3D SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Scott Summit, Kenneth B. Trauner, Andrew R. Miller, Andew Zukoski, Robert P. Vallone
  • Patent number: 9492016
    Abstract: A device and method for maintaining a user's legs in an elevated position is presented. In particular, the embodiments comprise a base plate having a front surface and a rear surface, a calf cup and heel cup integrated with the front surface, a plurality of retractable leg members, a plurality of hinges, an attachment means comprising preferably a plurality of hook and loop fasteners, and a plurality of gripping caps. The base plate is adaptable to attach with the user's leg or footwear. The plurality of retractable leg members is adaptable to operate in a deployed configuration allowing the user's leg to rest thereon and/or in a stored configuration wherein the leg members become parallel with the rear surface of the base plate, and a locking mechanism is presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Inventor: Bryan Miller
  • Patent number: 9314392
    Abstract: A device for moving a knee joint in a body of a patient is provided. The device includes a first arm member coupled to a first leg support configured to support an upper portion of a leg of the patient, a second arm member coupled to a second leg support configured to support at least one of a lower portion of a leg and a foot of the patient, and a control assembly operatively connected to the first and second arm members and configured to selectively move the second arm member relative to the first arm member. The control assembly includes a first motorized drive assembly coupled to the first and second arm members and operable to drive movement of the second arm member relative to the first arm member and a second motorized drive assembly coupled to the first and second arm members and operable to drive movement of the second arm member relative to the first arm member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Bonutti Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Boris P Bonutti, Peter M Bonutti, Kevin Ruholl, Glen Phillips
  • Patent number: 9308113
    Abstract: A detachable orthopedic sling for treatment of a user's spine is provided. The detachable orthopedic sling includes first and second adjustable sections, first and second handholds, and a strap. The first and second adjustable sections permit adjustment of their respective lengths. The first and second adjustable sections extend from one or more attachment rings to the first and second handholds. The strap permits adjustment of its length and may be positioned by a user around his torso, under his arms, and across his back. The detachable orthopedic sling may be mechanically coupled to a support structure using the attachment rings and allows the user to hang from the sling to provide traction treatment of the user's spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventor: Charles Douglas Tillotson
  • Patent number: 8998833
    Abstract: An orthopedic device for correcting abnormalities in the wrist, hand, fingers and thumb of a newborn baby comprises a lightweight glove shaped semi rigid shell constructed and dimensioned to fit a newborn baby within a few hours of birth. A wrist or lower arm and hand engaging portion are rotatably connected and adjustable in one millimeter increments. The adjustments are made with no more than one millimeter correction per 24 hour period. The shell includes a wrist and lower forearm engaging portion, a hand engaging portion and a finger engaging portion and is adjustable for rotationally clockwise or counterclockwise about the longitudinal axis of the lower arm bone. Further adjustments may be made to rotate the fingers upwardly or downwardly, to the left or right and rotationally and/or rotational movement between the hand and lower arm. The invention also contemplates an orthopedic method for correcting skeletal abnormalities of the wrist, hand, fingers and thumb of a newborn baby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Abdulreidha Abdulrasoul AlSaffar
  • Publication number: 20150094635
    Abstract: A bandage for restricting movement of an arm of a person is disclosed. At least one body panel formed of an elastic breathable material, where the at least one body panel has a left end, a right end and a bottom end, where the left end has a first closure mechanism, where the right end has a second closure mechanism. The at least one body panel is configured to wrap around a torso of the person, where the first closure mechanism and the second closure mechanism connects to each other to hold the at least one body panel onto the torso of the person. A sleeve formed of an elastic breathable material coupled to the bottom end of the at least one body panel, where the sleeve is configured to receive an arm of the person, where the arm is held in place by the sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Barbara Keller, Brian Scott Keller
  • Patent number: 8992451
    Abstract: A shoulder orthosis is provided having an arm support and an optional arm spacer connected to the arm support. The arm support includes an arm retainer and a supportive strapping system. One optional arm spacer includes a pair of individual pillows which are attachably combinable with one another at a first face of the first individual pillow and a face of the second individual pillow to form one combined pillow having a first shape. The individual pillows are alternately attachably combinable with one another at a second face of the first individual pillow and the face of the second individual pillow to form another combined pillow having a second shape different from the first shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Breg, Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Fout
  • Publication number: 20150088045
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods are provided for the treatment of lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) via the stretching of an affected user's restricted muscle(s), be it the extensor digitorum communis (EDC), extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB), supinator muscle, or any combination thereof. The apparatus can comprise various adjustable straps and rigid members configured to secure the apparatus to the user's arm and hold the user's interphalangeal joints, metacarpal phalangeal joints, and wrist in flexion, the user's forearm in pronation, and the user's elbow in extension. This combination of joint positions can constitute a desired position which, when held for prolonged periods, can cause the elongation of the restricted muscle tissue. This in turn can cause relief of the user's symptoms of lateral epicondylitis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Mark James Laurensse
  • Publication number: 20150080779
    Abstract: A method of donning a potentiating support for a hinge joint of a body includes positioning a garment proximate an area of a body; positioning an expandable and recoverable framework in abutment with the area of the body such that the framework spans a hinge joint of the body, the framework defining a plurality of permanent openings extending therethrough regardless of whether the support is donned; applying tension at points of the framework such that the framework is expanded and the framework is tensioned in its abutment with the area of the body, said step of applying tension being performed by pulling on one or more fastening components that are attached at one or more points to said framework; and affixing each of the fastening components to the garment while applying tension to the framework to secure the expanded framework in its forced abutment with the area of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: William E. Nordt, III, Ian D. Kovacevich, Kevin J. Dehiguist, Thomas J. Philpott, Jason Huneycutt
  • Patent number: 8979780
    Abstract: An adjustable immobilizing joint brace has a pair of opposed, spaced apart first supports for supporting and immobilizing a joint. Each first support has a pair of first joint holes proximate a first end. One of the holes of the pair of first joint holes is spaced further from the first end of the first support than the other hole. A pair of opposed, spaced apart second supports has two opposed sides. Each second support has a pair of second joint holes proximate a joint end. The pair of second joint holes can be aligned with and attached to the pair of first joint holes on either side of the first support to form different angles of attachment between the first supports and the second supports depending on the orientation of the first supports relative to the orientation of the second supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventors: Gene C. Cheng, Arnold R. Ness
  • Publication number: 20150073323
    Abstract: A shoulder orthosis for long term support of a patient's arm in postoperative shoulder immobilization posture for rotator cuff tears, comprising a waist belt, an arm splint, and a piston and cylinder assembly interconnecting the waist belt to the splint and biasing the splint to an abduction upper limit position. The orthosis provides stable support of the forearm about a horizontal plane, while enabling both pivotal movement of the arm about a vertical axis intersecting the patient's elbow and towards or away from the patient's torso within this horizontal plane. This orthosis also enables cyclical up and down motion of the splint, the downward motion being healthy adductor-assisted against the bias of the piston and cylinder assembly. A lock system releasably locks the piston and cylinder at a selected retracted position of the piston rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Mickael Begon, Jacinte Bleau, Serge Nobert, Patrice Tétreault
  • Patent number: 8968226
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Nick Romcevich
  • Publication number: 20150057588
    Abstract: A reusable joint stabilizer for application to a joint of a patient, the stabilizer including a web having a pattern selected to provide a desired stability and restriction in the range of motion of the joint, the web being securable about the joint of the patient and formed of a plurality of flexible and non-stretchable strips interconnected in a desired pattern and a plurality of non-adhesive and reusable flexible tacky strips aligned with and connected to at least selected ones of the non-stretchable strips for positioning adjacent to skin of the patient proximate the joint. The tacky strips transfer forces between the exterior of the web and the skin of the patient contacted by the tacky strips to provide a desired stability of the joint and a desired restriction in the range of motion of the joint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas Eriksson
  • Patent number: 8956316
    Abstract: The orthosis includes an articulated framework made to be fixed on either side of the knee onto the thigh and lower leg, restraint straps attached to the framework and surrounding the thigh and lower leg leaving the patellar area free. The straps cross and are superimposed on each other on the posterior side next to the skin of the popliteal fossa at the same level as the center of rotation of the knee in order to prevent the anterior part of the tibia sliding forward. Each strap is held in a rigid guide on the lower leg and the thigh, while, where they cross at the popliteal fossa, they are held together by a non stretching sleeve. The first shortest strap is on the outside, as far posteriorly as possible and the last longest strap is on the inside, as far anteriorly as possible next to the skin of the popliteal fossa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Cyrille Delin
  • Patent number: 8951217
    Abstract: A composite material for forming custom fitted orthopedic and other products. The composite material is easily formable when heated to temperatures of about two hundred degrees Fahrenheit for a time of at least six to eight minutes and then is rigid at temperatures of about one hundred thirty degrees. The composite material can be sewn and formed in complex shapes when initially heated to about two hundred degrees. Closure attachments can be secured to the composite material as needed on site rather than at the manufacturing facility. The composite material can be custom fitted to a patient in situ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: EXOS LLC
    Inventor: Mark Joseph
  • Patent number: 8945173
    Abstract: Dorsal forearm plate having a three-dimensional concave shape adapted to the shape of the dorsal forearm such that the dorsal forearm may rest on the forearm plate, the dorsal forearm plate has an essentially rectangular extension having opposing long sides and opposing short sides and has a substantially rigid unitary body adapted to underlie the posterior of the patient's hand, wrist and forearm, the plate is provided with two attachment bands, a distal and a proximal attachment band, adapted to attach the plate at the dorsal forearm of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical Coordination Center BVBA
    Inventors: Björn Atthoff, Erik Hansson, Fredrik Preinitz, Fredrik Mahlin
  • Publication number: 20150018737
    Abstract: An external structural brace apparatus and method for supporting a user on a surface and for the user to ambulate along the surface to relieve shoulder, armpit, hand, foot, and wrist loads, the apparatus includes first and second support beams that each have a telescoping cantilever beam that contacts the surface. The first and second support beams have a primary pivotal couple at one end to one another with a mechanism to create opposite symmetrical movement of the beams. An attachment element supports the user at their torso has a secondary pivotal connection to the first and second beams and third and fourth user handles that are pivotally attached to the first and second beams are for grasping by the user to extend and retract the telescoping cantilever beams to and from the surface at reduced and increased extension and retraction rates for user ease of ambulating along the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: John Threlfall
  • Publication number: 20150011923
    Abstract: Shoulder pain is a common problem encountered in many medical practices. There is a protean source of such pain including adhesive capsulities, rotator cuff injuries, fractures, muscle sprains and strains. In all of these; pain is worsened by any weight-bearing on the affected shoulder during the acute or recovery phase of the injury. In some cases, shoulder pain results exclusively from frequent sleeping on one shoulder. Hence, the Ortho Shoulder Ball which as described is a tennis size ball attached to a Velcro strap and worn around the shoulder at night to prevent one from bearing weight on the affected shoulder while sleeping. The ball is solid but light-weight 6.5 cm and 60 g affixed to the Velcro strap and all materials skin-friendly and do not present any health hazards to the strap area except in case of possible allergic reactions. The Ortho Shoulder Ball will be able to prevent shoulder pain by preventing weight bearing when affected patients are sleeping at night; which is not uncommon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Maxwell Opoku Agyemang
  • Patent number: 8926538
    Abstract: A support device for assisting a wearer in the administration of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the device comprising: a wearable support for strengthening at least one of the wearer's wrist, hand or forearm, the wearable support being adapted to circumscribe a majority of the circumference of the at least one of the wearer's wrist, hand or forearm; wherein the wearable support is adapted to be in close contact with the at least one of the wearer's wrist, hand or forearm, to provide support to the wearer through compression of the at least one of the wearer's wrist, hand or forearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Physio-Control, Inc.
    Inventors: Corey Centen, Sarah Smith
  • Patent number: 8926534
    Abstract: A powered orthotic device includes a brace having a first section and a second section, the first section and the second section operationally coupled at a pivot, the first and the second sections moving about the pivot to define flexion and extension directions, such directions defining inside and outside regions of the brace respectively. The device further includes at least one set of straps that removably attach the first section and the second section to a corresponding limb segment such that the pivot is proximate to a joint between each limb segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Myomo, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. McBean, Kalais N. Narendran