Skeletal Traction Applicator Patents (Class 602/32)
  • Patent number: 10278856
    Abstract: An apparatus and method permitting a user to perform traction of the back is provided. The design includes a seat bottom and seat back. The seat back is configured to pivot about the seat bottom enabling the seat back to recline while rotating away from the seat bottom. An adjustable strap is positioned in association with the seat back for the purpose of securing the user's upper body. An adjustable strap is positioned in association with the seat bottom for the purpose of securing the user's lower body, buttocks and hips. A leg rest may be provided to support the user's legs. A locking mechanism may be provided to permit the user to easily sit down, engage the lower body and upper body straps, release the locking mechanism and recline backwards from a seated to a supine position thereby providing traction and providing decompression of the of the spinal column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: BAXRELAX LLC
    Inventors: Brian Charles Stewart, Michael Shane Lofgren, John J. Harrington
  • Patent number: 10231849
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a trial including a mating element. A member has a tissue engagement surface and a mating part releasably engageable with the mating element such that the trial is interchangeable with a plurality of alternate members. Systems, implants and methods are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig M. Squires, Steven S. Gill, Joshua A. Ruth
  • Patent number: 10195098
    Abstract: A spinal decompression harness which hangs from two lines on either side, is attached to a stand. A stool or seat is between the two sides of the stand, and the stand can be attached to a neck of the stool. In this manner, the harness is movable between the two sides of the stand, and one can rotate one or more of the harness, seat, or stand while keeping one's torso abutted to the harness. Their arms can also extend over the harness and be used for writing, typing, and other work, while their spine is decompressed in the harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Gordon Roeder
  • Patent number: 9561148
    Abstract: A pelvic support configured to support a pelvis and configured to take up at least one tensile stress, wherein the tensile stress is initiated in at least one lower extremity connected to the pelvis, comprising at least one support, wherein the at least one support comprises at least one supporting surface, wherein the at least one supporting surface is arranged near at least one of a ischial tuberosity of the pelvis and is configured to take up the tensile stress at the at least one ischial tuberosity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Inventor: David Hugo Friedrich
  • Patent number: 9420832
    Abstract: An improved patient garment for assisting a caregiver in lifting, and performing therapy evaluation and treatment techniques on a patient, without having to change slings for each task is provided. The garment comprises at least a pelvic belt having a width and length configured to fit around the waist of a human below the rib cage and above the hips and said length having an open front that contains at least one adjustable strap and buckle combination to secure the garment around a human torso, a top rim and a bottom rim; multiple fastening means attached to the garment along the top and bottom rims, and additional fastening means attached to the surface of the garment along its length and located between the top rim and the bottom rim of said garment. The invention can include other pieces of garments that are attachable to the pelvic belt and detachable there from depending on the function desired by the caregiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Inventor: Jeanne Margaret Arnold
  • Patent number: 9326908
    Abstract: A body stretching assembly is provided. The assembly comprises a pulley, a plurality of body attachment straps, and a rope. The pulley comprises a securing end and a wheeled end, wherein the securing end includes a frame having a proximal aperture, a protrusion, and a pair of distal legs with fastening apertures. The proximal aperture is configured for connection with a pulley assembly supporting structure, such as a door jam or an exposed support such as a pole. A user threads a rope over the pulley wheel to begin treatment. One end of the rope comprises a hand attachment, whereas the opposing rope end includes one of a head, hand, or ankle attachment. The user pulls one end of the rope, thereby causing the opposing end to pull on the body of a user. Gradual actuation of the rope end provides a stretching exercise to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Inventor: William Scott
  • Patent number: 9254177
    Abstract: A head clamp for neurosurgery is described that includes a member for at least partially encircling the head of a subject. The first end and second end of the head clamp include first and second skull attachment portions for attaching the member to the head of a subject. A position setter, such as an indexing mechanism, is also provided that allows the member to be moved or indexed between at least two repeatable relative positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: RENISHAW (IRELAND) LIMITED
    Inventors: Mathew David Frederick Stratton, Hugo George Derrick
  • Patent number: 9226844
    Abstract: The invention is directed to the combination of orthopedic back support and physical exercise devices that provide comfort, support and stabilization of the spinal system. More particularly, it contributes to means for developing the musculature of the lower back, spinal cord and upper body by application of axial tensioning to unload compressive forces on the spine, thus allowing improved circulation to the discs and stimulation of the muscles. As a preventive exercise it helps avoid back problems, but when pain occurs, the invention helps relieve pain, improve comfort and provides rehabilitation of the back to a healthier state under self administration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventor: John Hoyl Lockett
  • Patent number: 9050496
    Abstract: An exercise machine for performing barbell type free weight lifting exercises has a power cage or Smith press type frame, an elongated bar held on the frame in a substantially horizontal resting position, and an adjustable exercise mass assembly that allows a user to select an exercise weight from among a plurality of choices of different exercise weights provided by the exercise mass assembly. The exercise mass assembly is separate from the bar and any auxiliary weight plates carried on the bar. A cable and pulley system operatively connects the bar to a movable portion of the exercise mass assembly that provides the selected exercise weight. A powered actuator sets up the bar for performing a weight lifting exercise by lifting the movable portion of the exercise mass assembly up above a second portion of the exercise mass assembly that remains stationary during the particular weight lifting exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: PowerBlock Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl K. Towley, III, Gregory S. Olson
  • Patent number: 8997749
    Abstract: A surgical assembly (20) comprises a post (100) having a longitudinally extending axis (104), a support (56) for resisting movement of the post in a negative longitudinal direction, and a platform (70) offset from the support in a positive longitudinal direction. The platform includes an opening (82) through which the post projects. The opening includes a throat (86). The post has a first dimension which renders the post incapable of passing through the throat and a second dimension which renders the post capable of passing through the throat. Alternate embodiments in which the post can be removably engaged with the support and platform and disengaged therefrom without translating the post in the longitudinal direction are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Allen Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Scott Drake, Dustin T. Libby
  • Patent number: 8986228
    Abstract: Apparatus is described for measuring and displaying the magnitude of traction forces applied to a patient's lower limbs during surgery, and for measuring the direction and magnitude of counter-traction forces applied to the patient's body by the perineal post located at the patient's groin to oppose traction forces applied to the patient's lower limbs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Trimanus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey Auchinleck, Stephen Lewis Leckenby, Kyle Cameron, Gregory Vincent Browne
  • Publication number: 20150051529
    Abstract: A neck traction device comprising at least one head contact member and biasing means connected to the at least one head contact member, wherein, the biasing means comprises a resilient material that, when in use, provides a traction force on the user's neck via the at least one head contact member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Wesley Marshall
  • Patent number: 8944065
    Abstract: A method includes placing a patient's foot in a boot comprising a cam buckle, a pad, and a retention strap. The retention strap is placed over the top of the foot, and the pad is arranged relative to the top of the foot. Pressing on the pad positions the foot within the boot. While pressing on the pad, tension is applied on the retention strap to advance the retention strap through the cam buckle. The cam buckle is configured to automatically limit movement of the retention strap through the cam buckle when tension on the retention strap is released. Tension on the retention strap is released to cause the cam buckle to impede the retention strap from receding through the cam buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventor: John Albert Slusarz, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8911388
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for providing passive traction involving a pair of rails with 8 degrees of freedom and matching the user's spinal curve for providing relaxation and other medical treatment to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventors: Joseph P Mooney, William C Reavis, Amanda Mooney
  • Patent number: 8905958
    Abstract: A brace and traction device and associated methods of operation. In one embodiment, the device incorporates a forwardly open head and jaw brace which is adjustably supported vertically above a forwardly collar member. The brace and the collar member are adapted such that the brace is able to mate with the collar member while still being able to rotate to the subject's left and right while remaining planar to the collar member. Adjustment may be accomplished for example manually or via an electronic motor controlled by a control mechanism and microprocessor. The microprocessor may be adapted to store information regarding a user's sessions, and facilitate communication with patient and physician personal devices, thus sending these data from recorded sessions. The processor element may also be adapted to implement therapy sessions based on physician-entered program specifications, or based on pre-programmed specifications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Dynotrax, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Senyei, M. Lou Marsh, Stuart L. Gallant, Stuart Karten, Michael Jacob Rocha, Steven K. Piorek, Eric Olson, Paul Cash
  • Patent number: 8905952
    Abstract: A simple, lightweight, portable, lumbar spinal distraction device is provided which employs a frame having concave left and right hand upper leg contacting members for asserting forces against substantially vertically oriented left and right upper leg portions of a user assuming a substantially horizontal position. The user pushes the portable frame forward by manually grasping a pair of handles, causing the left and right contacting members to press against the vertically oriented left and right upper leg portions respectively. Increased unilateral traction ability is produced by simply having the user apply extra force to one handle or the other. This will permit users suffering from unilateral pain in the buttocks, hip or leg to obtain a little extra pressure on the symptomatic side. Anyone who has suffered low back pain can relate to the fact that some days the pain feels more right sided and some days more left sided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Roland F. Berthiaume
  • Patent number: 8870803
    Abstract: Bone fracture reduction devices, systems, and methods couple to a patient platform a mechanical bone fracture reduction fixture, which is sized and configured to be conveyed separate from the patient platform. The bone fracture reduction fixture carries an array of mechanical force reduction assemblies that are sized and configured to independently mechanically manipulate a fractured bone region. Each mechanical force reduction assembly functions independently of the other mechanical force reduction assemblies, to independently apply and maintain one of the prescribed mechanical reduction forces to the fracture and also mechanically reduce the fracture in the desired reduction planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Fixes 4 Kids Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A Reiley, Kurt Vedder, Colin J. Corey
  • Patent number: 8870802
    Abstract: A fraction splint for providing treatment to a broken or damaged lower extremity which includes a segmented-pole, an ankle assembly having a pad, strap, and retaining assembly, wherein the ankle assembly is retained inwardly of the foot, a groin assembly having a pad, strap, and tensioning assembly extending away from the ankle assembly, and a plurality of cravat straps. The ankle assembly has a curved back plate with upper and lower recesses to permit space for ankle prominences and a double-socket and closed-ended retaining cap for receiving a folded or non-folded end of the segmented-pole. The tensioning assembly includes a back plate, an open-ended intermediary socket, an adjustment assembly, and a retaining cap having a closed-ended socket for receiving the opposite end of the pole. The adjustment assembly is used to move the upper retaining cap towards or away from the back plate to apply traction to the attached leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Water Crest Industries LLC
    Inventors: Ryan L. Anderson, Donald O. Larson
  • Patent number: 8870799
    Abstract: An array of mechanical force reduction assemblies sized and configured to independently mechanically manipulate a fractured bone region. Each assembly functions independently of the other assemblies, to apply and maintain one of the prescribed mechanical reduction forces to the fracture, to thereby mechanically reduce the fracture in a desired way. A carrier coupled to the assembly accommodates temporary attachment of an orthotic brace, residing thereon, partially or fully assembled in a region of the bone fracture. A linkage mechanism accommodates the rotational articulation of the brace in response to the application of one or more mechanical force vectors, to move the bone fracture into a desired anatomic orientation. A locking mechanism maintains the orientation of the brace to maintain the desired anatomic orientation. After release from the carrier, the brace serves in an ambulatory fashion to maintain the desired anatomic orientation after reduction and as healing occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Fixes 4 Kids Inc.
    Inventor: Mark A. Reiley
  • Patent number: 8852134
    Abstract: A portable splint system is disclosed. The portable splint system has a limb supporting splint having at least two sections, each section has a substantially continuous cover plate, each cover plate having a concave contoured upper surface for cradling a splinted limb. A locking hinge connects the sections of the limb supporting splint. The limb supporting splint may also have one or more vertical support arches mounted thereon. The limb supporting splint is suitable for use in a bed or overhead traction apparatus. The portable splint system also includes a portable base unit onto which the limb supporting splint may be attached. The portable base unit has a stabilizing frame, height adjusters for independently adjusting the height of the proximal end of the limb supporting splint and the distal end of the limb supporting splint, and traction weight supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Gerald Cotton
  • Patent number: 8845568
    Abstract: Distractor straps for use with distractor apparatuses are disclosed. In one embodiment, a distractor strap includes a cinch strap having a free end and a second end. The second end of the cinch strap includes an adjustment mechanism receiving the free end of the cinch strap such that the cinch strap forms a closed loop. A diameter of the closed loop is adjustable with the adjustment mechanism. The distractor strap further includes a cross strap comprising a first loop, a second loop, and strapping connecting the first loop and the second loop. The cinch strap is positioned in the first loop and the second loop such that the cross strap extends across the diameter of the closed loop formed by the cinch strap and the cross strap and the cinch strap are slidable with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Allen Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Clark, David Chella, Jesse Drake
  • Patent number: 8845569
    Abstract: Devices and methods are disclosed for achieving control and stabilization of bone fractures in mammals, most specifically humans. Stabilization and traction is often required to support fractured bones of the arms or legs. The devices and methods disclosed herein are especially useful in the emergency or military setting. The devices utilize a collapsible, inflatable member that is expanded and locked into position. The frame or inflatable member is fabricated primarily from polymeric materials with low radiodensity. The limb contact regions are adjustable to fit a wide variety of limb sizes and fracture locations. The traction applied by the splint is adjustable, controllable and measurable. The traction splint is compact and will fit in a compartment of most emergency rescue vehicles, thus making it more available for use than standard traction splints used today. The traction splint is either a separate device or integrated into a backboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Damage Control Surgical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Buckman, Jay A. Lenker, Donald J. Kolehmainen
  • Patent number: 8844536
    Abstract: A locking apparatus for use with a head fixation device allows for a stabilizing fixture, such as a rocker arm having a pair of skull pins, to be selectively secured so that the stabilizing fixture can be adjustably rotated to a desired position. In some version the locking apparatus includes a connector that is retained within an opening in a portion of the head fixation device. The connector can translate within the opening and is restricted from rotation. The translating of the connector permits the connector to engage an arch member that retains the stabilizing fixture. The engagement of the connector and arch member is accomplished, in some versions, by way of matching axial oriented toothed portions or starburst features. In some versions the teeth on the starburst features include a chamfer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: pro med instruments GmbH
    Inventor: Matthias E. Schuele
  • Patent number: 8821428
    Abstract: A traction apparatus which impresses a desired traction force to a body to be pulled is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Ito Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Noboru Tanaka, Yoshiharu Ootomo, Toshimasa Sakagami
  • Publication number: 20140221895
    Abstract: Embodiments may include a traction system, for example a cervical traction system for a neck of a user. Systems may include a housing assembly, plate assembly, handle assembly, and cable assembly. The housing assembly may include a drive assembly. The plate assembly may be operatively connected to the drive assembly. The handle assembly may be operatively connected to the drive assembly. The handle assembly may be configured to actuate movement of the plate assembly relative to the housing assembly. Embodiments may be configured to apply traction to the neck thereby providing a distraction distance or force to a portion of the cervical spine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: BONUTTI RESEARCH, INC.
    Inventors: Boris P. Bonutti, Glen A. Phillips, Henrik Bonutti
  • Patent number: 8790371
    Abstract: A logarithmically increasing decompression force is applied to a spinal column in a progressively changing direction lying in the mid-sagittal plane. This focuses the decompression force as compared with a straight-line pull. A table to achieve this decompression force has a fixed table section, a moveable table section, a reciprocating arm which acts as a movable pre-tension section, a vertically adjustable upstanding support supported by the pre-tension section, an attachment point attached to a tensionometer-head associated with the upstanding support for attachment to a harness, a moveable table section drive for extending the moveable table section from the fixed table section and for retracting the moveable table section toward the fixed table section, a reciprocating arm drive for extending and retracting the reciprocating arm from the movable table section, and an upstanding support drive for driving the upstanding support to different vertical positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventors: Allan E. Dyer, Lawrence A. Dyer
  • Patent number: 8764693
    Abstract: A traction device comprises a frame, a first bladder portion, a second bladder portion, a spacer, and a pump. The first bladder expands in an outward direction a distance greater than in a transverse direction. The second bladder expands in an angular direction. The second bladder is positioned generally below and to the side of the first bladder. Upon expanding in the outward direction, the first bladder bears against the back of the user's neck. Upon expanding in the transverse direction, the first bladder applies an angular traction to the cervical spine. Upon expanding in the angular direction, the second bladder bears angularly against the back of the user's upper thoracic region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Richard A. Graham
  • Patent number: 8734372
    Abstract: A traction device comprises a frame, a first bladder portion, a second bladder portion, a strap, and a pump. The first bladder expands in an outward direction a distance greater than in a transverse direction. The second bladder expands in an angular direction. The second bladder is positioned generally below and to the side of the first bladder. The frame is secured to the user's head. Upon expanding in the outward direction, the first bladder bears against the back of the user's neck and forces the cervical spine to curve forwardly. Upon expanding in the transverse direction, the first bladder applies an angular traction to the cervical spine. Upon expanding in the angular direction, the second bladder bears angularly against the back of the user's upper thoracic region and forces the thoracic spine to decompress and reduces hyper-kyphosis of the upper thoracic spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Richard A. Graham
  • Patent number: 8733362
    Abstract: A device for prevention of snoring in the form of a neck collar (1) with a middle section (2) for placement under the chin of a user, side sections (3, 4) connecting to said middle section and end parts (5, 6), optionally connectable to each other, consisting of a core of foam plastic contained in a covering. The foam plastic is a soft foam plastic, an opening (7) is formed in said middle section (2) and resilient means (14; 15; 27; 28) for adjustment of the height of the opening (7) and thereby the height of the middle section (2) are arranged in said opening (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventors: Ann-Christine Krook, Jonas Norberg
  • Patent number: 8690808
    Abstract: A fracture reduction is mechanically achieved by supporting a body region having the bone fracture on a frame. A first reduction mechanism on the frame is operated to apply to the bone fracture a first predefined force reduction vector that returns the bone fracture to a corrective alignment in a first anatomic orientation, while also mechanically maintaining the corrective alignment in the first anatomic orientation. Independently, a second reduction mechanism on the frame is operated to apply a second predefined force reduction vector that returns the bone fracture to a corrective alignment in a second anatomic orientation different than the first anatomic orientation without altering the corrective alignment in the first anatomic orientation, while mechanically maintaining the corrective alignment in the second anatomic orientation. The fracture reduction is mechanically fixed by mechanically guiding the placement at least one bone fixing device into the reduced bone fracture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Fixes 4 Kids Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Reiley, James C. Colin, Mattew Thompson, Kurt Vedder
  • Patent number: 8684957
    Abstract: A method of using and assembling a device configured to treat a spine of a patient is provided. The method of assembling includes providing a support member configured to be connected to a torso of a patient and coupling an actuator mechanism to the support member, the actuator mechanism configured to distract a spine of the patient relative to the torso by extending in a generally superior direction relative to the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Bonutti Research, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter M. Bonutti
  • Publication number: 20140088480
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for providing passive traction involving a pair of rails with 8 degrees of freedom and matching the user's spinal curve for providing relaxation and other medical treatment to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventors: Joseph P. Mooney, William C. Reavis, Amanda Mooney
  • Patent number: 8657774
    Abstract: There is provided a device for use with a patient. The device includes a first load line including an anchor attachment end and a first inline end. The anchor attachment end is sized and configured to be attachable in a terminating manner to an anchor object. The device further includes a second load line including a head attachment end and a second inline end. The head attachment end is sized and configured to attach to a head of the patient. The device further includes an elastomeric member disposed between and attached to the first and second inline ends. The elastomeric member has a significantly lower linear elastic modulus than each of the first and second load lines. The device further includes an adjustment element sized and configured to adjust the tension in an effective tension length of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Jeff Fisher
  • Patent number: 8657770
    Abstract: A spinal stretching and decompression device (10) that is effective for treating a plurality of spinal disorders or lower back conditions, such as sciatica. The device (10) is worn around a person's mid-section, and encompasses the person's buttocks and crotch region, during an exercise or stretching session. There are two embodiments of the device (10) with both embodiments comprising a base support belt (12 or 112), a lower support unit (44) that is attached to the base support belt (12 or 112), a first side support belt (72) and a second side support belt (92). The two side support belts pass through loops on the base support belt (92) and each belt is secured together around a person's waist. The difference between the two embodiment is that the first embodiment elements are integrally attached, and the second embodiment elements are removably attached by multiple buckles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Milas G. Clark, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8652081
    Abstract: A lumbar traction device that can alleviate lower back pain is provided. The device includes a harness or girdle that is fitted about the torso region of a patient and an adjustable support assembly in the form of adjustable legs that allow the degree of traction to be adjusted by the patient. The device is safe and easy to use by a patient without constant medical supervision and is particularly suitable for use in domestic or office environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Marcus Andrew Rawlings
  • Patent number: 8641652
    Abstract: A lumbar traction device is operable to be used by a user that has a lumbar region and a lower leg. The device includes a garment that includes at least one coupling member. The device also includes a lumbar support member operable to be worn adjacent to the lumbar region. The device also includes at least one lower leg support to be worn adjacent to the lower leg. Moreover, the device includes at least one connecting member connecting the lumbar support member and the lower leg support. The connecting member is substantially inelastic, and a load applied to the lower leg support is transferred to the lumbar support member via the connecting member to provide distraction to the lumbar region of the user. Moreover, the lumbar support member, the lower leg support, and/or the connecting member is coupled to the garment via the coupling member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: M. Mounir Gazayerli
  • Patent number: 8597221
    Abstract: A traction exercise apparatus comprises a rectangular shaped metal frame including a pair of metal vertical members, a metal horizontal member on a bottom side, and a pair of metal horizontal members on a top side. A first rotating metal shaft and a second rotating metal shaft are located across the pair of metal horizontal members. Further a pair of ankle braces is attached to a snap hook. A cable pulley on each side of the first rotating metal shaft supports a first metal cable attached to the snap hook. A first cable reel on each side of second rotating metal shaft supports the first metal cable. A second cable reel on each side of the second rotating metal shaft supports a second metal cable attached to a hand grab bar. Second rotating metal shaft rotates to transmit a tension to the first metal cable to perform different traction exercises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Andrew Lisowski
  • Patent number: 8578936
    Abstract: In order to improve a support (2) for supporting a patient, particularly for surgical procedures in the shoulder region, said support comprising a substantially flat body part (4) and a bowl-shaped head part, said body part (4) comprising a back part (6) and a thorax part (8) tapered in relation thereto, the head part (10) being disposed on said thorax part by means of a transitional region, with the thorax part (8) and the transitional region sloping upwards such that the head part (10) is higher than the back part (6), and with said head part being adapted to the human profile and comprising a removable, inflatable support for adapting the position of the patient to the current positional or treatment requirements, the invention proposes that the transitional region be designed as neck part (12) and also be adapted to the human profile, comprising a removable, inflatable support for adapting the position of the patient to the current positional or treatment requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Samarit Medical AG
    Inventor: Willi Albrecht
  • Patent number: 8579844
    Abstract: A therapeutic traction device for increasing intervertebral spaces along a cervical spine of a user includes a user interface, a controller, a neck rest section, a crossbar provided with first and second clamps, a curvilinear back pad connected to an anterior side of the crossbar, and a utility box connected to a posterior side of the crossbar. The utility box includes a rectilinear driven rod partially seated within the utility box and statically mated to the neck rest section, and a mechanism for linearly reciprocating the driven rod along a first vertical travel path defined posterior of the back pad such that the neck rest section is synchronously raised and lowered above the crossbar. In this manner, the back pad remains statically mated to the crossbar while the neck rest section is raised and lowered along a second vertical travel path defined anterior of the first vertical travel path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventor: Nora Montenegro
  • Patent number: 8562552
    Abstract: A splint is provided having a framesheet with a pocket to receive a rigid tube. The framesheet is secured about the injured limb by a plurality of dynamic closure straps. An optional traction bar having a cantilever arm and adjustable link is inserted on the end of the collapsible rigid tube, and connected to a harness that applies traction to the limb. The countertraction force is dissipated throughout the entire framesheet, eliminating externally applied pressure points against contiguous anatomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Alan Forest Marble
  • Patent number: 8540656
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for the treatment of fractures of the distal radius having a means for applying traction to a fractured forearm using a resilient cantilever spring digit gripping device to assist in the manipulative reduction of the fracture, and a means for maintaining the reduced fracture of the distal forearm in a determinable position of flexion, ulnar deviation and pronation enabling the application of a closely fitting, well molded immobilization means such as a cast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Inventor: Roy Y. Powlan
  • Patent number: 8535254
    Abstract: A lumbar traction device is herein disclosed. The lumbar traction device includes a lumbar support member to be worn adjacent to a lumbar region of a user, at least one lower leg support to be worn adjacent to a lower leg of the user, and at least one connecting member connecting the lumbar support member and the at least one lower leg support, the at least one connecting member being substantially inelastic. When a load is applied to the at least one lower leg support, the load is transferred to the lumbar support member via the at least one connecting member. When the load is transferred to the lumbar support member, the lumbar support member forcibly presses against the lower lumbar area of user, thereby distracting the hip bone from the lower vertebrae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: M. Mounir Gazayerli
  • Patent number: 8496605
    Abstract: A traction device includes a base panel having a frame member pivotally attached to an edge thereof. The frame member is formed of a telescoping leg with a telescoping arm extending from its upper end. The frame member supports a tensioning cable having a neck harness at a distal end for fastening to a patient's head. A proximal end of the cable is attached to a tensioning mechanism slidably mounted on the leg. The tensioning mechanism includes a telescoping, pneumatic cylinder that is extended with a compressible bulb. The cylinder engages a pivotal lever that pulls the cable downwardly when the cylinder is extended, thereby applying tension to the harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Inventor: Bryan Chavers
  • Patent number: 8475397
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a plantar fasciitis rehabilitation controlling device. It mainly comprises a securing portion, a rotatable portion, a torque pivoting portion, a pulling portion, and a controller. The securing portion and the rotatable portion are provided for securing a user's shank and foot. This torque pivoting portion can create a torque causing the rotatable portion moving back. The pulling portion has a controller so as to pull the rotatable portion to rotate between a first angle and a second angle so that it can reduce possibility of the plantar fasciitis and ease pain of the plantar fasciitis. Hence, this invention can achieve an active rehabilitation exercise. The belt's pulling interval time can be adjusted. It has a safety switch to ensure its product safety. It is convenient that the user can use a wireless device to operate this system. In addition, the user can be informed about current condition via an audio device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: China Medical University
    Inventors: Ching-Hua Chiu, Li-Wei Chou
  • Patent number: 8435201
    Abstract: A method for treating a user's back, a user's neck, or combinations thereof. The method can include the steps of: inserting a traction device into a pouch of a fabric garment; disposing the fabric garment over a user; engaging the traction device with a surface; and applying a pressure to the traction device using the user's back. The traction device can provide a therapeutic pressure to the user's back, to the user's neck, or to combinations thereof. The method can use a customizable traction device having a shearable fraction head and body. The shearable traction head and body can each be cut to a custom size to fit a user. The method can use a removable fabric chair cover disposed over a chair. A user can sit on the chair and apply a pressure to the traction device using the user's back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Inventors: Jose Gomez, Jr., Victor B. Ramos
  • Patent number: 8430910
    Abstract: An adjustable spinal rehabilitation device includes a bed frame, three soft pads thereon, five elevation adjustment mechanisms provided between the bed frame and the soft pads for adjusting inclinations of the soft pads, an inverted U-shaped frame provided outside the bed frame and coupled thereto from above, two tractors provided outside the inverted U-shaped frame, and five fastening belts. Four fastening belts are tied to the bed frame bilaterally for fixing in position a rehabilitation patient. Cords coupled to two fastening belts extend from the tractors and penetrate holes of the inverted U-shaped frame so as for the cords to be coupled to pulley trains disposed on rails provided on inner sides of the inverted U-shaped frame, respectively. The tractors pull the rehabilitation patient to increase inclination of the rehabilitation patient's thoracic and lumbar spine to a required angle and pull the rehabilitation patient's cervical spine from a required angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Inventor: Sunto Yen
  • Patent number: 8425443
    Abstract: A limb support system for supporting one or more limbs of a patient during surgery is disclosed. The limb support system may include one or more joints formed from electromagnets that move locking mechanisms between locked and unlocked positions to enable a patient's limb to be supported in a desired position. At least one of the joints may be supported by a support arm that is attached to support structure. A limb support device, such as, but not limited to, an armrest or a wrist support may be attached to the housing of the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Arthrex, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Sullivan, Peter Dreyfuss
  • Patent number: 8419599
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an underwater exercise and physical therapy device for joint release and spinal adjustment wherein a tube is worn on a user's upper body and weights are worn on the user's feet in a water tank having a predetermined depth wherein his feet are spaced apart from the bottom surface thereof to carry out underwater exercise and physical therapy by using the buoyant force of the tube and the gravity of the weights, thereby enabling his joints to be released, making his muscles reformed, and further adjusting and preventing his spinal diseases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Gye-Hyun Seol
  • Patent number: 8414513
    Abstract: Patient body part traction exerting and control kit apparatus, comprising in combination a motor driven rotary drive means to tension a traction exerting line; a support means carrying rotary drive means and configured to be attached to equipment at an attraction exertion site, to present drive means for traction line operation attached to aid rotary drive means; the support means having a first section attached to the equipment, and a second section carrying rotary drive means for displacement enabling sideward shifting of a traction line to accommodate patient body shifting, while under traction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventor: Michael L. Earle
  • Patent number: 8413660
    Abstract: A device 50 for supporting and positioning a part of a patient's body includes at least two joints 62, 64, 66 each having a locked state and an unlocked state and a release system for allowing an operator to select between the locked state and the unlocked state. The release system has an operator interface remote from the joints and at a location that enables the operator to support the weight of the body part while at least one of the joints is in the unlocked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Allen Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Samantha A. Weinstein, Thomas K. Skripps