Knee Patents (Class 602/26)
  • Patent number: 10966851
    Abstract: An orthopedic device comprises a main body defining an outer surface and a cuff extending from an end portion of the main body with frictional material disposed on an inner surface of the first cuff. A hinge is connected to the main body and terminates along the main body short of the cuff. The cuff is arranged to fold over the outer surface of the main body in a disengaged configuration, such that the outer surface of the first cuff is adjacently against the outer surface of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: OSSUR ICELAND EHF
    Inventors: Arni Thor Ingimundarson, Sindri Pall Sigurdsson, Cyril Chuzel
  • Patent number: 10959871
    Abstract: An orthosis with controlled angular excursion can be positioned at the level of a joint or articulation of the human body. The orthosis includes an articulated joint with a basic structure designed to be positioned on the joint and also includes centrally, a pin with toothing located in a circular sector with predetermined width. The basic structure and the relative pin provided with toothing are equipped with a respective pair of rings, each of which has a substantially elongated shape. A hollow part, or slot, includes two straight sectors, of which at least one is provided with toothing with the same pitch as the toothing of the pin with which it engages. The pair of rings can, when in use, be simultaneously rotated around the pin, and are provided with slots which in turn include a tractor for the orthosis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: F.G.P. S.r.l.
    Inventors: Alberto Turrini, Moreno Ferrigolo
  • Patent number: 10952886
    Abstract: An orthopedic device has various frame elements concealed by a sleeve defining pockets into which such frame elements are located. The orthopedic device includes a strap tightening assembly adapted to secure a plurality of straps simultaneously. The frame may include flexible edge features located along a periphery thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: OSSUR HF
    Inventors: Hildur Inga Thorsteinsdottir, Arni Thor Ingimundarson, Helga Run Palsdottir, Bjorn Omarsson
  • Patent number: 10906168
    Abstract: A flexible exosuit includes rigid and flexible elements configured to couple forces to a body of a wearer. Further, the flexible exosuit includes flexible linear actuators and clutched compliance elements to apply and/or modulate forces and/or compliances between segments of the body of the wearer. The flexible exosuit further includes electronic controllers, power sources and sensors. The flexible exosuit can be configured to apply forces to the body of the wearer to enable a variety of applications. In some examples, the flexible exosuit can be configured to augment the physical strength or endurance of the wearer. In some examples, the flexible exosuit can be configured to train the wearer to perform certain physical tasks. In some examples, the flexible exosuit can be configured to record physical activities of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: SRI International
    Inventors: Roy David Kornbluh, Alexander Steele Kernbaum, Thomas Low, Katherine Goss Witherspoon, Brian Keith McCoy, Adam Arnold Edward Ziemba, Paul Michael Birkmeyer, Richard M. Mahoney
  • Patent number: 10898363
    Abstract: An orthopedic device includes a hinge assembly, a frame having first and second frame components spaced apart from and connected to one another by the hinge assembly, a strap system extending between medial and lateral sides of the first frame component, and at least one tensioning element. The at least one tensioning element has a first end secured to the strap system and a second end coupled to the hinge assembly. Articulation of the hinge assembly pulls the strap system toward the frontal plane by the at least one tensioning element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: OSSUR HF
    Inventors: Arni Thor Ingimundarson, Harry Duane Romo, Bjorn Omarsson, Janaki Ram-srinivasaRao Chetlapalli
  • Patent number: 10864101
    Abstract: A garment, containing a tubular joint supporter section, the section including: a central region in an axial direction of the tubular joint supporter section, which includes a wear pressure applying region for applying wear pressure to a joint site of a body, a one-end side region positioned at one end, and an other-end side region positioned at another end side, in which the wear pressure of the wear pressure applying region is higher than an average wear pressure of the one-end and other-end side regions, and regions other than the wear pressure applying region in the section include a concave-convex structure region formed from a concave-convex structure; and a knee supporter, in which an average wear pressure A of the knee support section is higher than an average wear pressure B of the thigh side support section and the shin side support section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUI CHEMICALS, INC.
    Inventors: Tomoaki Ito, Kenji Iida, Motoyasu Yasui, Shiori Ito, Kazuoki Nakai, Fumiaki Saikawa
  • Patent number: 10828179
    Abstract: An adjustable seal system, seal component for use in the system, and method are provided for forming a sealing interface between a residual limb and a prosthetic socket. The seal component is selectively placed over the outer surface of a suspension liner including a plurality of seal bands, which the seal component may removably and securely engage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: OSSUR ICELAND EHF
    Inventors: Linda Ros Birgisdottir, Martin Lund Størup, Johan Olof Westlund, Egill Sveinbjorn Egilsson
  • Patent number: 10806620
    Abstract: An orthopedic device has first and second elongate struts each having a strap coupling member, and a flexible strap securing to the first and second struts by the strap coupling members. The orthopedic device includes various embodiments of hinge assemblies including flexion and extension stops and locks for maintaining the hinge assembly in a fixed configuration. The orthopedic device has various embodiments of strap assemblies for securing components to cuff assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: OSSUR HF
    Inventors: Janaki Ram-srinivasaRao Chetlapalli, Gudni Ingimarsson, Harry Duane Romo, Jonathan Walborn, Zachariah J. Klutts
  • Patent number: 10779994
    Abstract: Compression device (1) for application circumferentially around a patient's limb (10), comprising a) a first band portion (20a) and a second band portion (20b), both band portions (20) being arrangeable along at least a part of the circumference of the limb for creating radial pressure on the limb, b) a spine element (30), extending in axial direction (100) when the compression device is applied around the limb, and comprising a first and a second guide opening (40a, 40b) for guiding the first and the second band portions, respectively. The guide openings (40a, 40b) are arranged offset in axial direction with respect to each other such that, when the first band portion is arranged along at least a part of the circumference of the limb and guided through the first guide opening, and the second band portion is arranged along at least a part of the circumference of the limb, parallel to the first band portion, and guided through the second guide opening, the band portions overlap in an axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Guido Hitschmann, Tim Jaeger, Magdalena R. Jüngst, Berenike I. Sauer
  • Patent number: 10766553
    Abstract: A bicycle lock (10) includes a plurality of link members (12), which are pivotally connected to one another by joint members (14). Each joint member (14) passes through an aperture (24) formed in each link member (12). One of the link members (12) is connected to a locking device (16). A joint member protector (203-217), which has a rounded surface, is adjacent each joint member (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Ino Vision Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael Shenkerman
  • Patent number: 10765548
    Abstract: A knee joint protecting device includes a thigh frame connected to a shank frame by a connection structure, which includes an adjustment mechanism and a connection hinge. The thigh frame is rotatable around a first axis using the adjustment mechanism to perform a first rotation about the shank frame within a first position and a second position. When the thigh frame is in the first position, the knee joint protecting device is fit for the lower limb of a standing posture. The thigh frame performs a second rotation about the shank frame using the connection hinge, the included angle of the first axis and the rotation plane of the second rotation is within the range of 0˜15°. By the adjustment mechanism and the connection hinge, the knee protecting device can provide the internal and external rotations between the thigh and the shank, and is more suitable for human engineering and kinesiology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventor: Yun Luo
  • Patent number: 10751210
    Abstract: A patellar tendon bandage includes a bandage element having an inner face and an outer face and two first pressure pad bodies on the front inner face of the bandage element for building up an infra-patellar pressure. The patellar tendon bandage additionally has at least two second pressure pad bodies on the inner face of the bandage element. The two second pressure pad bodies are positioned at the sides of the two first pressure pad bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: BAUERFEIND AG
    Inventors: Rainer Scheuermann, Joachim Böckelmann, Hans B. Bauerfeind
  • Patent number: 10716694
    Abstract: An orthopedic device includes a textile panel having interior and exterior surfaces, and a first stabilizer assembly including a first tubular welt sewn or knitted within and extending from an exterior surface of the textile panel. A first cable is slidably extending through the tubular welt and a strap is connected to a first end of the cable extending from a first opening of the welt, and the strap is adjustably securable over the textile panel. The orthopedic device may include various portions of stretchability and features for receiving components for the orthopedic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: OSSUR HF
    Inventors: Concetta Maria Huffa, Harry Duane Romo
  • Patent number: 10687971
    Abstract: A protective sleeve for treating injury to a wearer's elbow joint comprises a central pad; a protective opening one wearer's medial elbow region, a cap attached on the exterior side of the central pad; a relatively thin sheet; a cylindrical sleeve formed by the relatively thin sheet and the central pad; a first compression strip attached on the interior side within the upper portion of the central pad; a second compression strip attached on the interior side within the lower portion of the central pad; and a fastening means for securing the protective sleeve on the wearer's arm; and a treatment method thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: THE LONNIE BRACE LLC
    Inventor: Stephen John Martino
  • Patent number: 10624775
    Abstract: A strapping system for retaining a rigid support member of an orthopedic brace in a desired utilitarian position on a body of a wearer is provided which includes a strap having a first strap end, a second strap end and an intermediate strap point between the strap ends. The strap is operatively configured to follow a strap path having a first connection point, a second connection point and a third connection point sequentially positioned on the support member. The first strap end is attached to the first connection point and the strap extends from the first connection point around the body of the wearer to the second connection point where the intermediate strap point is attached thereto. The strap is redirected at the second connection point in an opposing direction and extends back around the body of the wearer to the third connection point where the second strap end is attached thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventors: Matthew T. Hollister, James M. Fout, Serena N. Oaks
  • Patent number: 10617550
    Abstract: A knee brace to stabilize the patella has a main body positionable over the knee, a hinged longitudinal support assembly, a buttress, a buttress retention flap overlaying the buttress, a cam positioned proximal to the support assembly and a tensioning line. The buttress is positioned against the side of the knee opposite the support assembly and applies a variable compression force to the knee. The tensioning line engages the cam and operatively connects it to the buttress via the buttress retention flap to automatically vary the compression force applied to the knee in response to rotation of the support assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Breg, Inc.
    Inventors: Shane C. Fedon, Andrew M. Blecher
  • Patent number: 10596022
    Abstract: An articulated coupling or joint (10) for orthopedic braces or orthoses comprises a pair of bars or uprights (14, 15), a proximal end of each of these being rotatingly mounted around an axis defined by its rotation pin (25), this proximal end of the bars or uprights being toothed and engaging with a common grooved cylindrical cursor (20) translatable along an additional axis, the other distal end of the respective bars (14, 15) being fixable to a portion of the body of the patient to be treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: F.G.P. S.R.L.
    Inventors: Alberto Turrini, Moreno Ferrigolo
  • Patent number: 10588770
    Abstract: A versatile orthopedic device is arranged to convert between ligament and osteoarthritis treatment, and to accommodate a variety of leg anatomies. The orthopedic device is preferably configured as a double-upright brace indicating struts, frame component sections and associated hinges preferably intended to be along both medial and lateral sides of a wearer's leg. A strap kit with an unloading strap system may be added to the orthopedic device for conversion into an orthopedic device for osteoarthritis relief.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: OSSUR HF
    Inventors: Derek Brookover, Jared Olivo
  • Patent number: 10576620
    Abstract: Robotic mobility assistant exoskeleton with frame members, which are attached adjacent to biological joints, supplements relative movement between skeletal members. Mechanical joint defines a center of relative rotation of frame members about three mutually perpendicular axes with the center of relative rotation of frame members being displaced from the outer surfaces of skeletal members to correspond in position with the center of biological joint. Actuation devices including powered cable springs rotate frame members. Control system executes calibrated user specific posture sequences and activates power. Mechanical joint exhibits cylindrical guide surfaces defining a slidable or rotatable connection of frame members and has a radius intersecting the center of the biological joint. Node control network distributes computing load and reduces communications overhead. Map unit has object recognition system for monitoring environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventors: Wenpei Chou, Da Jiun Chou
  • Patent number: 10568796
    Abstract: A wearable apparatus comprises a passive artificial knee that comprises first and second links coupled at a knee joint, a passive compressive force generator coupled to the second link, and a release mechanism coupled to the first link. When an angle of the first and second links is less than a toggle angle, the release mechanism locks in a first operational mode, and the force generator compresses, resisting flexing of the second link. When the angle is larger than the toggle angle, the force generator decompresses and encourages flexion of said second link. When the force generator is extended and said compressive force is small, the release mechanism moves into a second operational mode, wherein the force generator neither resists nor encourages extension and flexion of said second link from said first link. The wearable apparatus comprises an exoskeleton trunk configured to couple to an upper body of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Shang-Li Wu, Homayoon Kazerooni
  • Patent number: 10537337
    Abstract: A computer-assisted surgical system can include a donor sub-system and a recipient sub-system. The donor sub-system includes a first reference unit having a first trackable element, a fragment reference unit having a second trackable element, and a first detector configured to provide at least one of a first signal corresponding to a detected location of one or more of the first trackable element and the second trackable element. The recipient sub-system includes a second reference unit having a third trackable element, and a second detector configured to provide at least one of a second signal corresponding to a detected location of at least the third trackable element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Inventors: Chad Gordon, Mehran Armand, Ryan Murphy, Gerald Grant, Peter Liacouras, Kevin Wolfe
  • Patent number: 10531973
    Abstract: A support device comprising at least one skeleton structure and at least two coupling articles, wherein each of the two coupling articles are connected to an end section of the skeleton structure, such that the support device includes at least four degrees of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Inventor: Roshanak Baghaei Roodsari
  • Patent number: 10420666
    Abstract: Apparatus, system, and method are disclosed herein for controlling movement of an artificial orthopedic joint prosthesis in a mammalian subject. The apparatus, system, or method includes an orthopedic brace configured to control movement of an orthopedic joint prosthesis. The apparatus, system, or method includes one or more sensors and one or more controllers in communication with the one or more sensors. The one or more sensors are configured to detect a change in an orientation of a subject's position in an environment and configured to detect one or more alignment orientations of the orthopedic joint prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Michael H. Baym, Roderick A. Hyde, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10327977
    Abstract: Provided are orthopedic, dual density pressure pads designed to transfer pressure onto a focused anatomical structure; typically through the assistance of a device that applies a perpendicular or downward force. The pad includes an outer layer including a relatively soft material and an interior support including a rigid material, with the interior support typically having a substantially greater hardness than the outer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Dominic J. Julian, Jeremy J. Jacobs
  • Patent number: 10322016
    Abstract: An adjustable seal system, seal component for use in the system, and method are provided for forming a sealing interface between a residual limb and a prosthetic socket. The seal component is selectively placed over the outer surface of a suspension liner including a plurality of seal bands, which the seal component may removably and securely engage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: OSSUR ICELAND EHF
    Inventors: Linda Ros Birgisdottir, Martin Lund Størup, Johan Olof Westlund, Egill Sveinbjorn Egilsson
  • Patent number: 10258831
    Abstract: Swim training devices and methods for portable swim training that assists swimmers in proper swimming alignment. Devices and methods include a leg stroke training system. Devices and methods also include an upper body training system. Such training methods, devices and systems can be used separately or in combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: Catherine Grander Vance
  • Patent number: 10251442
    Abstract: A footwear device including a resilient member having first and second ends. The first end can be configured for being connected to a user's foot, and the second end can be configured for being connected to the user's leg above the ankle joint. The resilient member can be configured and positioned for resiliently and rotatably biasing the user's foot about the ankle joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Darrell L. Wong
  • Patent number: 10238521
    Abstract: A flex lock system for locking an orthotic brace having a push button for adjusting the range of flexion angles and a push button for adjusting the range of extension angles for the orthotic brace. The flex lock system has a tab having a receiving hole configured to fit around a push button and to prevent the push button from being depressed and adjusting the ranges of flexion or extension improperly. The flex lock system is made of a flexible material that has particular elasticity and compressibility to function as a flex lock as described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Corflex, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Glace, Steven Santaniello
  • Patent number: 10219932
    Abstract: A supporter according to the present invention includes a first supporting section provided so as to extend along a lateral side of a knee joint, a second supporting section extending diagonally upwardly from a first long side along an upper edge of a kneecap so as to reach a second long side, and a third supporting section extending diagonally downwardly from the first long side along a lower edge of the kneecap so as to reach the second long side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignees: OKAMOTO CORPORATION, THE RITSUMEIKAN TRUST
    Inventors: Nobuaki Onuma, Chika Sokawa, Masaaki Makikawa
  • Patent number: 10201437
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a control method of a wearable robot, including: generating reference gait data based on the results of sensing by a sensor unit included in a structure; estimating, when a wearer walks, the wearer's gait phase based on the results of sensing by the sensor unit; detecting a gait phase having a minimum difference from the estimated gait phase from the reference gait data; and driving a driver of the structure, according to a control signal generated based on the estimated gait phase and the detected gait phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ji Young Kim, Kyung-Won Moon, Young Bo Shim, Ju Suk Lee
  • Patent number: 10098774
    Abstract: A brace for application to a body joint, the brace including a substantially rigid brace substrate and a tensioning system for imparting tension to the substrate for adjusting the contour or angulation of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: DeRoyal Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael D. Modglin
  • Patent number: 10058446
    Abstract: A knee brace for use by athletes or others requiring protection and support of the knee. The knee brace includes a base and a spider member. The base is comprised of elastic material and configured to closely fit around portions of the knee and adjacent leg portions. A spider member having upper and lower pairs of tensioning straps is fastened to the interior surface of the base, with the tensioning straps extending through upper and lower apertures in the base for detachable attachment to the exterior surface of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Mueller Sports Medicine, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Mueller, Zhaodong Max Li, Keith Kusmirek
  • Patent number: 10039685
    Abstract: A passive artificial knee comprises first and second links rotatably coupled at a knee joint, a passive compressive force generator rotatably coupled to the second link, and a release mechanism coupled to the first link. When a relative angle of the first and second links is less than a toggle angle, the release mechanism locks in a first operational mode, and the force generator compresses, resisting the flexing of the second link relative to the first link. When the relative angle is larger than the toggle angle, the force generator decompresses and encourages the flexion of said second link relative to said first link. When the force generator is substantially extended and said compressive force is substantially small, the release mechanism moves into a second operational mode, wherein the force generator neither resists nor encourages the extension and flexion of said second link from said first link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Shang-Li Wu, Homayoon Kazerooni
  • Patent number: 10034789
    Abstract: A hinge joint for orthopedic knee braces that enable a wearer or medical professional to quickly and efficiently adjust the lateral corrective force placed on the knee joint so as to apply the force at heel strike (full extension) when it is most needed, but will relax the loading during flexion. The hinge joint, for use in a three point pressure system of a knee brace, has a first part that is connectable to a femoral arm of a knee brace and a second part that is mounted to be able to telescope out of the first part as the leg is extended and to telescope back into the first part as the leg flexes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Townsend Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven S. Knecht
  • Patent number: 10016296
    Abstract: A knee brace assembly with a proximal compression system adapted to be secured to the thigh and a distal compression system adapted to be secured to the calf. The brace includes lateral and distal hinge assemblies connecting the proximal compression system and the distal compression system to permit rotational movement of the proximal compression system with respect to the distal compression system. At least one inelastic strap extends around the proximal compression system and the distal compression system. The strap is leveraged to tighten the proximal compression system and the distal compression system to compress soft tissue in the thigh and calf when the leg is extended, but to release the proximal compression system and the distal compression system when the leg is in flexion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: S/S Dynamics LLC
    Inventor: Robert Scott Swanson
  • Patent number: 9981182
    Abstract: There is provided a system including a wearable feedback device having a first feedback element and a second feedback element, a non-transitory memory storing a game and an executable code, and a hardware processor executing the executable code to receive an input signal from the game, transmit a first activation signal to activate the first feedback element to provide a first feedback including a haptic effect, in response to receiving the input signal, and transmit a second activation signal to activate the second feedback element to provide a second feedback, in response to receiving the input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Goslin, Eric C. Haseltine
  • Patent number: 9980844
    Abstract: A flexible joint wrap includes a heat exchange bladder, which provides fluid circulation and compression to a joint. The joint wrap includes upper and lower sections for attachment above and below a joint. The bladder has an opening at a center section which provides flexibility of the bladder. The heat exchange bladder may be enclosed in a removable cover designed to conform to the shape of the bladder. The cover and bladder are formed with an opening in alignment with the joint to provide flexibility to the wrap. The cover may be formed of a fluid repellant inner lining to prevent fluid from the joint from soiling the bladder. The cover may further comprise a nylon loop outer surface to allow the upper and lower sections to be easily attached and adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: COOLSYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert H. J. Miros, Charlotte Hutter-Brock
  • Patent number: 9931233
    Abstract: An orthopedic knee brace is provided having a sleeve, a longitudinal support assembly and a strapping system. The sleeve is positionable over a knee with the longitudinal support assembly engaging the sleeve. The longitudinal support assembly includes an upper support member, a lower support member and a hinge positionable in engagement with the knee. The strapping system includes a strap extending in a helical path across a lower point on the upper support member proximal to the hinge to an upper point on the upper support member or in a helical path across an upper point on the lower support member proximal to the hinge to a lower point on the lower support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Breg, Inc.
    Inventors: Serena N. Oaks, Stefanie L. Mah
  • Patent number: 9925082
    Abstract: An orthopedic device has first and second elongate struts each having a strap coupling member, and a flexible strap securing to the first and second struts by the strap coupling members. The orthopedic device includes various embodiments of hinge assemblies including flexion and extension stops and locks for maintaining the hinge assembly in a fixed configuration. The orthopedic device has various embodiments of strap assemblies for securing components to cuff assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: OSSUR HF
    Inventors: Janaki Ram-srinivasaRao Chetlapalli, Gudni Ingimarsson, Harry Duane Romo, Jonathan Walborn, Zachariah J. Klutts
  • Patent number: 9901467
    Abstract: A technology for a prosthetic above-knee device is provided. A socket may be used to attach the device to a residual limb, and may have a rigid body coupled to the socket. The device may include a first link with a first link end coupled through the rigid body to the socket and a second link end coupled to the rigid body. The second link of the device may have a third link end attached to the rigid body, and a fourth link end coupled to a housing. The device may include a hydraulic cylinder with a piston and a hydraulic cylinder link coupled between the rigid body and the piston of the hydraulic cylinder. The stability adjustment nut may adjust a travel distance of the hydraulic cylinder link with respect to the hydraulic cylinder to provide an adjustment of an instant center for stability modification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Motion Control, Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin K. Iversen, Joseph Anthony Jacobs, Jeffrey Christenson
  • Patent number: 9655760
    Abstract: Provided is a knee support capable of correcting/alleviating an inner rotation or outer rotation of a knee joint. A knee support comprising a support main body for covering a knee joint, and a strap to be wound around and attached on an outer surface of the support main body helically while being pulled in the direction opposite to an inner rotation direction of the joint, wherein a projection to be contacted with an inner side of a shinbone below the knee when wearing is provided on the inner surface of the support main body or the inner surface of the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: NIPPON SIGMAX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Naotaka Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9526279
    Abstract: A knee joint supporter which can improve the stability of the knee joint, reduce the wearer's fatigue and reduce the load on the patellar tendon includes a first anchor section formed by wrapping one end of a tubular knitted fabric around the wearer's thigh to tighten it with the fabric, a second anchor section formed by wrapping the other end of the fabric around the wearer's lower thigh to tighten it with the fabric, and a substantially U-shaped knitted supporting section joined to the first anchor section, covering the wearer's patella region and thus supporting the wearer's patella. In the circumferential direction of the fabric, the stretch resistance of the two anchor parts are larger than the stretch resistance of a base fabric section. In the length width direction of the fabric, the stretch resistance of the supporting section is larger than the stretch resistance of the base fabric section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: KOWA COMPANY, LTD
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Matsuo, Hidefumi Koga
  • Patent number: 9480592
    Abstract: A topical proprioceptive tube and method of use for at least activating muscle, reducing muscle fatigue, enhancing performance, or reducing a risk of knee injury. 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 a desired effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Topical Gear, LLC
    Inventor: William D. Bue, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9427349
    Abstract: The present invention provides an athletic brace which is composed of a flexible sleeve and a rigid framed brace. An elastic tubular shaped fabric sleeve is first placed over the elbow or knee joint and has upper front and lower rear raised lips that are used to prevent the rigid and compact framed brace from slipping downwards during usage. The tight fit of the rigid brace inside the raised lip gaps of the sleeve prevents the framed brace from slipping down from the elbow or knee joint during usage. This brace is designed to also be compact in size to allow for everyday wear in both contact and non-contact sports for both elbow and knee protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventor: Christopher Johnson
  • Patent number: 9393147
    Abstract: Disclosed is a bandage for knee joints that includes an elastic textile stocking, an annular or clasp-like elastic profiled insert arranged in or at the textile stocking to encase at least the lateral (fibula-side) section of the patella of the knee joint and at least one flexible, inelastic tensile strap essentially extending in the longitudinal direction of the bandage over the knee joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Bauerfeind AG
    Inventors: Rainer Scheuermann, Hans B. Bauerfeind, Heinrich Hess
  • Patent number: 9387114
    Abstract: A splint for immobilizing a joint including at least one flat body that has two contact surfaces for limbs adjoining the joint to be immobilized and a supporting member in an outer contour having an angular structure for adjusting and bracing an angle between the contact surfaces for the limbs, wherein at least two surfaces are non-displaceably joined together to create a double-walled structure, and wherein a joint axis of the joint to be immobilized forms an angle of less than 60° with a normal of the non-displaceably joined surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: BSN MEDICAL GMBH
    Inventor: Olaf Kandt
  • Patent number: 9375341
    Abstract: An orthopedic device has detachable components for treatment stages of an injury or surgical procedure. The orthopedic device is arranged as a protective functional support for regeneration of knee cartilage after surgical repair procedures, and includes a flexion control kit and a wrap-around liner sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: OSSUR hf
    Inventors: Arni Thor Ingimundarson, Bjorn Omarsson, Thorleifur Stefansson, Thorvaldur Ingvarsson
  • Patent number: 9364365
    Abstract: A progressive strap assembly includes an elongate, inelastic body having first and second ends, and an elastic body having first and second ends, the first end of the elastic body anchored to the second end of the inelastic body. The elastic body is arranged to stretch a plurality of lengths and has a maximum stretchable length. A tension limiter is connected to the first and second ends of the elastic body and is arranged to inhibit a predetermined stretchable length of the elastic body short of the maximum stretchable length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: OSSUR HF
    Inventors: Bjorn Omarsson, Arni Thor Ingimundarson, Valgeir Petursson, Hildur Inga Thorsteinsdottir
  • Patent number: 9351857
    Abstract: A joint motion simulator to simulate biomechanical motion includes a mount to which a prosthetic device is mounted, actuators coupled to the mount to drive the mount, and a programmable controller to drive the actuators to translate the mount and to rotate the mount with a center of rotation controllable independent of translation. The simulator can include a linear actuator to translate the mount in a linear direction substantially parallel to the axis of rotation. The linear actuator can include a piston within a sleeve, the piston being coupled to the mount and being hydraulically driven to translate the mount, and the actuators can be coupled to the sleeve. The controller may be programmed to vary the center of rotation with linear translation and rotation of the mount. Sensors may be included that measure displacement of the actuators. The controller may drive the actuators based on the measured displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Advanced Mechanical Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Forest J. Carignan, Bruce F. White
  • Patent number: 9326555
    Abstract: A knee pad assembly for work tasks requiring kneeling, including a knee pad, a method of attaching the knee pad to a user's leg, and a tool or accessory receiver attached or integrated to the knee pad. The tool or accessory receiver provides easy and convenient access to tools or accessories at the knee of the worker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Inventor: Steven McKee