Finger Patents (Class 602/22)
  • Patent number: 10466784
    Abstract: A wearable device includes: at least one compliant region adapted and configured to be placed over a joint of a subject and at least two flexible but less compliant regions coupled to opposite ends of the compliant region. The device provides a wearable robotic device including a wearable and at least one actuator adapted and configured to move the flexible but less compliant regions relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Drexel University
    Inventors: Andrew Cohen, Genevieve Dion, Mark Winter, Eric Wait, Michael Koerner
  • Patent number: 10363158
    Abstract: A guard for protecting a finger without interfering with athletic performance, having a rigid core that protects the finger from hyperextension and impact injuries. The guard has a proximal segment and a distal segment, each having a top surface, and a hinge assembly attached and extending above the top surfaces of the distal segment and proximal segment. The hinge assembly allows the distal segment to vary in position between a minimum position and a maximum position while remaining out of the way of adjacent fingers. The guard securely engages the finger by a distal strap that secures to a distal part of the finger, and a proximal strap that secures to a proximal part of the finger. The proximal part has sides that extend alongside the finger, and the distal segment only extends along the superior surface of the finger toward but not reaching the fingertip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Jesse Rhinier
  • Patent number: 10357391
    Abstract: A hinge for an orthopedic device includes a first part having a first end with a gear component, and a second part hingedly attached to the first part. The second part defines a cavity at a first end, and a worm is located within the cavity and engages the gear component. An adjustment element is adapted to regulate the worm relative to the gear component for articulating the first part relative to the second part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: OSSUR HF
    Inventor: Valgeir Petursson
  • Patent number: 10271967
    Abstract: A driving apparatus including a base member, a first member rotatably provided on the base member, and a driver configured to rotate the first member around a rotation shaft. The driver further includes a vibrating plate including a piezoelectric body, and a driven member contacting with the vibrating plate. The driven member is configured to be driven in contact with the vibrating plate. Further, the first member is rotatable around the rotation shaft, the rotation shaft configured to be placed along an index finger metacarpal bone of a hand when the base member is placed on a back of the hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yutaka Arakawa
  • Patent number: 10123885
    Abstract: The disclosure provides apparatus and methods of use pertaining to a biomechanical finger brace assembly. In one embodiment, the assembly includes a coupling tip, a proximal ring configured to concentrically receive a user's finger, a distal ring configured to concentrically receive the finger, and a rocker formed in an H-shape. The distal ring and the rocker are pivotally suspended between a proximal coordinated pivot point anchored on the proximal ring and a distal coordinated pivot point anchored on the coupling tip, such that movements of the finger within the proximal ring articulate the distal ring together with the rocker to articulate the coupling tip. The coupling tip may include an open end or an enclosed recess to accept a minimally-amputated or non-amputated finger. Other embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: RCM Enterprise LLC
    Inventors: Robert Thompson, Jr., Jon Bengtsson, Anthony Charles Peto, Charles Colin Macduff, Sydney Tye Minnis, Eric Dennis Klumper, Bradley Arthur Crittenden
  • Patent number: 10052222
    Abstract: A finger assistive device is formed by connecting a second member to a first member so as to be rotatable in a bending direction of a finger. Further, either one of the first member and the second member is provided with a relative position changing section adapted to change a relative position of the second member to the first member in a direction different from the rotatable direction. According to this configuration, by changing the relative position of the second member to the first member in accordance with a length and a shape of the finger of the wearer, the finger assistive device can be customized (adjusted) so that the first member and the second member fit the mounting positions of the finger. As a result, it becomes possible to appropriately mount the finger assistive device to the finger and appropriately assist in bending the finger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Osamu Miyazawa
  • Patent number: 9986970
    Abstract: An apparatus for releasably coupling an ultrasound probe with an extremity comprises a housing adapted to substantially surround the extremity. The housing comprises a first opening adapted to receive the ultrasound probe and position the probe in contact with the extremity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Paul Mullen
  • Patent number: 9931235
    Abstract: Systems (100) and methods (600) for operating an exoskeleton disposed at least partially on a joint of a wearer's limb (118). The methods involve respectively aligning first apertures (310 or 312) of a first planar flexible element (304 or 306) of the exoskeleton with second apertures (310 or 312) of a second planar flexible element (304 or 306) of the exoskeleton. The first and second planar flexible elements abut each other. A toothed flexible element (302) is then caused to ratchetedly engage the first and second planar flexible elements by bending the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew D. Summer, Paul M. Bosscher
  • Patent number: 9750290
    Abstract: A passive mechanical system comprising an unpowered exoskeleton to maintain static grip around an object via a tendon drive and ratchet mechanism. The ratchet mechanism combines a passive cable retract and ratchet system with one or more cables acting as artificial tendons. When a user wishes to keep their hand in a specific position around an object, the ratchet system is engaged. A cable retract mechanisim keeps the artifical tendon taught at all times. The combination of these systems allows for the user to keep grip on objects without the need to input force over time thereby reducing fatigue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Alan Carey, Stephen Robinson
  • Patent number: 9662262
    Abstract: A joint torque augmentation system includes linkage assembly configured to couple to a user. Linkage assembly includes a unidirectional link and a device joint. The linkage assembly is worn by a user or is configured to couple to footwear. An actuator is coupled to the linkage assembly to provide a torque at a joint of the user. A sensor is coupled to the user to measure a position of the user. A control system is coupled to the sensor and actuator. A phase of gait for the user is determined by the control system based on the position measured by the sensor. The actuator produces a tension force on the linkage assembly during a first phase of gait. A compliant element is coupled between the actuator and linkage assembly. The compliant element is tuned based on a load carried by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: SpringActive, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Hollander, Nathan Cahill, Darren Kinney, Preston Clouse, Robert Holgate, Raymond Churchwell
  • Patent number: 9516923
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a coupling component includes a female component and a male component. The female component includes a main body portion and a coupling aperture. Similarly, the male component includes a main body portion and a coupling member. The coupling member that is mateable with the coupling aperture of the female component to couple the male and female components together. The main body portion of the male component includes a top surface and a relatively planar bottom surface. The coupling member includes a relatively planar top surface and a bottom surface. The relatively planar top surface of the coupling member is offset from the relatively planar bottom surface of the male component. The male and female components are non-releasable from a coupled engagement while under tension via a tension member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Boa Technology Inc.
    Inventors: James Capra, Michael Nickel, Robert Burns, Tamara White, Gary Hammerslag
  • Patent number: 9463108
    Abstract: An orthosis for treating muscle disorders of the elbow has a body made in one piece from a semi-rigid material. The body includes a distal portion, a proximal portion, and a back joining strap. In the unstressed state, the relative position of the distal and proximal portions maintains the wrist in an extended state. The joining strap is deformable such that when pressure is exerted downward on the palm support, the joining strap is deformed to enable the pivotal movement of the distal portion with respect to the proximal portion about a transverse articulation axis parallel to the flexion-extension axis of the wrist. When pressure is released, the body returns to the unstressed state due to resilience. The distal portion is arranged to pivot with respect to the proximal portion about the articulation axis while assisting the extensor muscles of the wrist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: GIBAUD
    Inventors: Gerard Anglada, Frederic Girard
  • Patent number: 9358148
    Abstract: Finger splints for use in connection with distal interphalangeal (DIP) joint fractures are disclosed. The splints include a ring element at least partially positioned around a finger at a location proximal to the distal interphalangeal (DIP) joint and include an extension member that extends over the DIP joint and attaches to the fingernail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Annulus, LLC
    Inventor: Darryl E. Barnes
  • Patent number: 9198793
    Abstract: A finger orthosis for moving a joint and configured to move a joint is provided. The finger orthosis includes a hand cuff and an actuating mechanism coupled to the hand cuff. The actuating mechanism comprises an actuator member, an externally threaded member and a frame. Methods of using the finger orthosis to move a joint between a first and second portion of a finger are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Bonutti Research, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter M. Bonutti
  • Publication number: 20150148728
    Abstract: An orthosis system includes an orthotic device adapted to be worn on the hand of a subject that includes at least one brace component coupled to one or more fingers of the hand and including at least one joint permitting movement of one or more fingers. One or more actuators can be connected to each joint to cause movement of the joint. A control unit can be provided to control each of the actuators to control the movements of each joint separately. The control unit can be operated by the subject or a clinician to facilitate everyday tasks or for treatment or therapy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicants: CHILDREN'S MEDICAL CENTER CORPORATION, PRESIDENT AND FELLOWS OF HARVARD COLLEGE
    Inventors: Hani M. Sallum, Leia Stirling, Annette Correia
  • Publication number: 20150094636
    Abstract: A finger assistive device is formed by connecting a second member to a first member so as to be rotatable in a bending direction of a finger. Further, either one of the first member and the second member is provided with a relative position changing section adapted to change a relative position of the second member to the first member in a direction different from the rotatable direction. According to this configuration, by changing the relative position of the second member to the first member in accordance with a length and a shape of the finger of the wearer, the finger assistive device can be customized (adjusted) so that the first member and the second member fit the mounting positions of the finger. As a result, it becomes possible to appropriately mount the finger assistive device to the finger and appropriately assist in bending the finger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Osamu MIYAZAWA
  • Publication number: 20150025434
    Abstract: An injured musculoskeletal structure is mobilized relative to a juxtaposing support structure surface to isolate the injured musculoskeletal structure from forces transferred from adjoining musculoskeletal structures in order to alleviate pain, discomfort, inflammation, and further injury associated with such transferred forces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: J.W. Barry Bruckmann
  • Patent number: 8888724
    Abstract: An apparatus for passive extension and flexion of at least one finger of a patient with an upper arm unit, a lower arm unit, and at least one connective line. The apparatus is configured such that elbow extension of the patient promotes finger flexion. This is accomplished by taking advantage of the geometry of the arm, where the distance from a point on the patient's humeral area to the patient's fingers is greater when the patient's arm is in extension than when it is in flexion. In one aspect, the upper arm unit is configured to connect to a portion of the patient's arm between the patient's elbow and shoulder and the lower arm unit is configured to connect to a portion of the patient's arm intermediate the patient's hand and elbow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: M.A.R.B. Rehab International, LLC
    Inventors: Ned B. Armstrong, David Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20140316320
    Abstract: A device for enclosing a finger includes a protective shell having an opening for receiving the finger. The protective shell defines an interior cavity that is sized and shaped to allow extension and flexion of the finger within the shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: J.W. Barry Bruckmann
  • Patent number: 8864698
    Abstract: An injured musculoskeletal structure is mobilized relative to a juxtaposing support structure surface to isolate the injured musculoskeletal structure from forces transferred from adjoining musculoskeletal structures in order to alleviate pain, discomfort, inflammation, and further injury associated with such transferred forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: J. W. Barry Bruckmann
  • Publication number: 20140267116
    Abstract: A splint system used to interface with a touchscreen, where the splint system comprises a housing having a base with ends and sides, at least one circumferentially adjustable structure contiguous with the base extending from the sides to a longitudinal axis of the base, and an electromechanical device embodied in the base. One end of the base has an upward curve extending therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Matthew A. Weiner
  • Publication number: 20140276309
    Abstract: A finger splint and method of providing support for a finger is disclosed. The finger splint can include a braided mesh folded over itself to form a hollow tube having a double wall and having a longitudinal axis. The folded over braided mesh can have a first open end that is flared. The braided mesh, before being folded over, is compressible and after being compressed and released, springs back to its original shape. In accordance with the method of providing support to a finger, a finger is inserted into an open end of a compressible tabular braided mesh splint that has been folded over to form a cylindrical two-walled splint and the splint is pulled onto the finger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Joyce D. Murphy
  • Patent number: 8834395
    Abstract: A system for delivering a medical dressing onto an appendage, such as a finger or penis, of a patient includes a medical dressing defined by a flexible tubular sleeve that is configured to elastically expand radially, and a delivery device including a pair of pivotable spreader arms attached to a handle portion. The spreader arms of the delivery device are configured for insertion within the sleeve to enable radial expansion from a first diameter to a larger second diameter and positioning of the medical dressing onto the desired anatomical area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventors: Jamye Lynn Becker, Felix Takor Oben
  • Patent number: 8814812
    Abstract: An apparatus for passive contraction of at least one finger of a patient with an upper arm unit, a lower arm unit, and at least one connective line. The apparatus is configured such that elbow extension of the patient promotes finger flexion. This is accomplished by taking advantage of the geometry of the arm, where the distance from a point on the patient's humeral area to the patient's fingers is greater when the patient's arm is in extension than when it is in flexion. In one aspect, the upper arm unit is configured to connect to a portion of the patient's arm between the patient's elbow and shoulder and the lower arm unit is configured to connect to a portion of the patient's arm intermediate the patient's hand and elbow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: M.A.R.B. Rehab International, Inc.
    Inventor: Ned B. Armstrong
  • Publication number: 20140228730
    Abstract: A ring splint that includes a first loop, a second at least partial loop, an elongated support and optionally a third at least partial loop, the first loop and the second at least partial loops being attached to the elongated support such that the elongated support contacts the ventral surface (e.g., palmar or plantar) of a phalange (e.g., finger or toe) when in position on a phalange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventor: June M. Hegland
  • Publication number: 20140228729
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for stretching the knuckles at the base of the fingers to relieve pain in the hand. This is achieved through a molded polymer splint, worn on the center two fingers, provides spacing and rigidity between the finger bases at varying degrees of separation and compression. Product can be produced in various sizes to accommodate different hands. Product is a non-invasive, non-medical device to be used on a regular basis as needed by the wearer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventor: James Edward Crews
  • Patent number: 8771212
    Abstract: Certain exemplary embodiments can comprise a splint for a body part, such as a human digit. The splint can include a unitary, semi-rigid, arcuate, and/or toroidal member; a first lock portion integral to the member; and a second lock portion integral to the member. The first lock portion can be adapted to releasably lockably engage the second lock portion so as to allow for continuously and/or incrementally adjustable contact of at least a portion of the member with a predetermined portion of the body part of a wearer of the splint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventors: Edward D. Garris, Brett W. Shimel
  • Publication number: 20140171847
    Abstract: A finger orthosis for moving a joint and configured to move a joint is provided. The finger orthosis includes a hand cuff and an actuating mechanism coupled to the hand cuff. The actuating mechanism comprises an actuator member, an externally threaded member and a frame. Methods of using the finger orthosis to move a joint between a first and second portion of a finger are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Bonutti Research, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter M. Bonutti
  • Patent number: 8702634
    Abstract: A Modular Upper Extremity Support System (MUESS) improves hand function by optimizing the balance of flexion and extension at the wrist and stabilizing thumb abduction. This is accomplished through a basic support unit of a forearm cuff, a wrist extensor strap, and a web spacer strap. Various components and inserts can be attached to the basic support unit. The MUESS has several interchangeable components, inserts, and attachments, which allow the hand therapist and other caregivers to make adjustments to the orthotic in real time to support various hand functions that are critical to activities of daily living such as grasping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Wiltse Parker Crompton
  • Patent number: 8702635
    Abstract: A ring splint that includes a first loop, a second at least partial loop, an elongated support and optionally a third at least partial loop, the first loop and the second at least partial loops being attached to the elongated support such that the elongated support contacts the ventral surface (e.g., palmar or plantar) of a phalange (e.g., finger or toe) when in position on a phalange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: June M. Hegland
  • Patent number: 8690810
    Abstract: Methods of preventing the development or exacerbation of tendinosis include receiving a first ring of resilient material over a first digit of a hand of the user and a second ring of resilient material over a second digit of the hand of the user. The first and second digits receiving first and second rings are curled about an object to grasp the object with an increased circumference grip relative to a natural grip of the user. The first and second rings are automatically slid to an interleaved configuration on the first and second digits by moving the grasped object with the hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: TendonEase, LLC
    Inventors: Mark H. Greenberg, Aldo Burga
  • Patent number: 8679043
    Abstract: A finger orthosis for moving a joint of a finger is provided. The finger orthosis includes a first cuff configured to couple to a first finger portion, a second cuff configured to couple to a second finger portion, and an actuator member coupled to said first and second cuffs, said actuator member configured to provide relative rotation between said first and second cuffs when a force is applied to said actuator member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Bonutti Research, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter M. Bonutti
  • Patent number: 8679045
    Abstract: An arm brace including an extendable band, such as an elastic strap, that forms a supinating tension band. The distal end the band has a looped section for a user's wrist or finger for anchoring the brace, and the proximal end has a fastening device, such as a hook and loop fastener, for securing the proximal end to another portion of band after the band is wrapped around the forearm and stretched around the elbow and back towards the forearm. The extended band exerts a force that causes supination of the arm. In some embodiments, the inner surface of the proximal end of the band attaches to the outer surface of the band, and the looped section has a loop that closes at a notched section of the band, to provide proper comfort and positioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Leland Henry Dao
  • Patent number: 8663143
    Abstract: A finger support system comprising a wedge shaped finger support member, narrow at one end and wider at another end, with concave sides to form fit the finger support member between an injured and an adjacent finger, the finger support member being taped or otherwise removable attached between the injured and adjacent fingers with the narrow end fitting snugly at the juncture of the two fingers and the wider end separating the fingers, and extending past the middle knuckle but not to the knuckle near the finger tips so that, when the finger support member is taped in place, the hand will have greater use in basketball or other ball-handling sports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Philip Liaboe
  • Patent number: 8660695
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject technology relate to a robotic finger digit including a distal finger joint coupled between a distal finger part and a middle finger part, a middle finger joint coupled between the middle finger part and a proximal finger part and an extend tendon coupled at a first end to the distal finger joint, and coupled at a second end to an actuation device. In certain aspects, the robotic finger can further include a flex tendon coupled at a first end to the distal finger joint, and coupled at a second end to the actuation device, wherein the actuation device is configured to move the extend tendon and the flex tendon substantially the same distance in order to flex and/or extend the robotic finger digit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: The Shadow Robot Company Limited
    Inventors: Armando De La Rosa Tames, Graeme Richard Lawrence Walker, Jake Benjamin Goldsmith, John Hugo Elias, Matthew Paul Godden, Richard Martin Greenhill
  • Patent number: 8657771
    Abstract: An orthopedic device for stabilizing the thumb, i.e. a thumb support. The orthopedic device is worn by a user to stabilize the thumb for treatment of hand and thumb injuries. The device is capable of being worn on either the right hand or left hand of a user and has one or more metal stays made from soft metal material and have an ergonomic design to contour to the hand and thumb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Edward Leonard Weaver, II, Sherry Ann Hinds
  • Patent number: 8622939
    Abstract: An apparatus for applying movement to the joints of a human patient is provided. The apparatus includes an exoskeleton assembly with segments that can be secured to the patient. One or more motor modules are removably coupled to a supporting structure of the exoskeleton assembly, and each motor module includes multiple motor drives. A plurality of actuating members is operatively connected to each motor module. A first end of each actuating member is connected to one of the motor drives and a second end of each actuating member is coupled to a segment of the exoskeleton assembly. Each actuating member can be driven by a respective motor drive to impart movement in multiple degrees of freedom to individual joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: BES Rehab Ltd.
    Inventor: Chau Hoang Thanh Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20130338556
    Abstract: A dynamic hand splint including a hand support section, a sleeve configured to receive a digit therein, and a first tensioner having an elastic body and forming a loop, wherein the first tensioner is attached to the hand support section, as well as a first location of the sleeve, such that the first tensioner extends from the hand support section to the first location and spans a first joint of the digit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventors: Henry B. Hoffman, Ian D. Kovacevich
  • Patent number: 8585625
    Abstract: A ring splint that includes a first loop, a second loop, a third at least partial loop, and an elongated support, the first loop and the second loop being attached to the support, the elongated support exhibiting a rigid property and a flexible property such that the elongated support maintains a finger in at least partial extension when the ring is on a finger and the elongated support is in contact with the palmar surface of the finger and flexes when the user bends the finger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: June M. Hegland
  • Patent number: 8568345
    Abstract: A digit pad for treating trigger finger and trigger thumb includes a digit band which is slid over the affected digit to a position between the PIP and the MCP joints and a palm pad which extends from the proximal end of the digit band toward the wrist, the palm pad being dimensioned and positioned to overlie a portion of the palm to at least cover the A1 pulley, the proximal end of the palm pad extending beyond the A1 pulley, but not beyond the proximal palmer crease, the palm pad being at least as wide as the A1 pulley and being formed of a material which is soft, flexible, resilient and has a sufficient density to protect the palm area which it overlies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas S. Ryscavage
  • Publication number: 20130281902
    Abstract: A therapeutic finger brace having a main body defining a center aperture, a first arcuate end, a second arcuate end, an upper contoured side and a lower contoured side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventor: Alex McCrae
  • Publication number: 20130261524
    Abstract: Finger splints for use in connection with distal interphalangeal (DIP) joint fractures are disclosed. The splints include a ring element at least partially positioned around a finger at a location proximal to the distal interphalangeal (DIP) joint and include an extension member that extends over the DIP joint and attaches to the fingernail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: Annulus LLC
    Inventor: Darryl E. Barnes
  • Publication number: 20130253400
    Abstract: A thumb support for preventing injury to the thumb of a user by preventing the thumb from being forcefully hyper-extended or radially abducted while permitting the user to flex or move the thumb towards the palm of the hand in a grasping or pinching motion. The support includes a thumb stabilizing component and a wrap component, and can also prevent wrist injury from hyper-extension. The thumb support typically includes a loop formed at a first end of a strap, the loop being dimensioned to accommodate a user's thumb, near the base thereof, and an elongated portion extending from the loop, of a length sufficient to diagonally follow the metacarpal of the user's thumb and wrap around the user's wrist at least one time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventor: Gordon W. MASSA
  • Publication number: 20130226057
    Abstract: A brace may include a body portion and a finger portion. The body portion may include a first flexible sheet configured to receive at least portions of a user's wrist and hand and may restrict movement of the wrist. The finger portion may include a second flexible sheet attached to the first flexible sheet. The finger portion may be configured to receive at least one of the user's fingers and may restrict movement of the at least one finger relative to the wrist and hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventor: Matti PALO, JR.
  • Publication number: 20130197411
    Abstract: A palmar thumb and thumb saddle joint splint comprises a first splint part for receiving the thumb and means for fastening the first splint part to the hand. The first splint part formed as a shell part that is open at the top and is intrinsically stiff but deformable, in which shell part the thumb is laid; the first splint plant being connected firmly to a side-of-the-hand part that is intrinsically stiff but deformable and, when the splint is put in place, embraces the side of the splinted hand; and the fastening means comprising first and second fixing strips which are intrinsically stiff but deformable, wherein the first fixing strip runs from the side-of-the-hand part over the back of the hand to the first splint part, and the second fixing strip, starting from the side of the hand part, is led through between thumb and index finger to the first splint part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: Chrisofix AG
    Inventor: Kalman Bolla
  • Publication number: 20130190671
    Abstract: In accordance with the invention, briefly stated, a toe brace or support comprises a first sleeve and a second sleeve of elastic material joined at a peripheral edge. The first sleeve fits over the overlapping toe and the second sleeve is stretched under an adjacent toe and positioned onto a third toe for an overlapping toe condition. For an underlapping condition, the first sleeve fits over the underlapping toe and the second sleeve is stretched over an adjacent toe and then positioned onto the third toe. The device utilizes the force provided by having the second sleeve stretched to skip over an adjacent toe onto a third toe. The invention could equally be applied to fingers if desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventor: John Pastore
  • Patent number: 8483880
    Abstract: A robotic hand assembly comprising: a hand section comprising: at least one digit provided with at least one actuatable joint; and a control section comprising: at least one actuation device, the at least one actuation device comprising: a sensing module configured to sense a force applied to a tendon coupled at a first end to the at least one actuatable joint; and an actuation module configured to actuate the at least one actuatable joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: The Shadow Robot Company Limited
    Inventors: Armando de la Rosa Tames, Graeme Richard Lawrence Walker, Jake Benjamin Goldsmith, John Hugo Elias, Matthew Paul Godden, Richard Martin Greenhill
  • Patent number: 8458817
    Abstract: The glove includes a base portion having a palm side and a back side adapted to cover a hand, the base portion having integral finger segments and also including detachable finger segments to extend from the base portion. The base portion includes base mounts encircling finger openings on an interior side and the detachable finger segments include finger mounts encircling the detachable finger segments on an exterior side. The detachable finger segments extend through finger openings of the base portion and the finger mounts interlock with the base mounts to secure the detachable finger segments to the base portion. The mounts, when in the connected state, are located on an interior side of the base portion to restrict visibility of the mounts and also restrict accidental engagement with foreign objects. The mounts each comprise a halved ring-structure having elastic elements connecting opposing halves for diametric adjustment of the mounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventor: Jonathan J. Babb
  • Publication number: 20130096477
    Abstract: A movement device for flexing and/or straightening a joint of a user includes a first anchor element adapted to be positioned adjacent a jointed appendage of a user at a first position. A second anchor element is adapted to be positioned about the jointed appendage at a second position, wherein the jointed appendage is located between the first anchor element and the second anchor element. A spring member is positioned between the first and second anchor elements wherein the spring member is fixedly secured to the second anchor element and moveable through the first anchor element to thereby allow the spring member to bend about a joint of the appendage when said appendage is flexed. The spring member is configured to exert bending forces in opposition to working muscles of the user to straighten or flex the joint of the appendage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
  • Patent number: 8394045
    Abstract: A hand orthosis supporting a patient's thumb and fingers spaced apart and separated from contact with the palm of the hand, including an elongated body having a palm surface, a thumb portion, and a finger support portion. The elongated body includes a plurality of unequal cross-sectional areas spaced along the axial length between a distal end and a base end. A plurality of finger concavities are angled in helical orientation along the orthosis, including spaced apart concavities for each finger and the patient's thumb. Each finger and thumb concavity is angled non-perpendicular relative to the orthosis axial length to retain the fingers and thumb spaced apart, curved in a relaxed orientation, and apart from the palm of the hand during extended periods of time without impeding hand or wrist motion. A method of extended use for the hand orthosis is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventor: Russell A. Betcher