Arm Or Leg Patents (Class 602/62)
  • Patent number: 10583046
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to the field of compression garments and uses thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Inventors: Eric Wilson, David Salisbury
  • Patent number: 10441473
    Abstract: A taping method that follows a specific set of rules based on anatomical and physiological patterns in humans. This taping method causes a change in skeletal muscle tone in the human body when tape is directly applied to the skin of the human body over the targeted muscles. This taping method will inhibit the muscle tone in the affected motor units that are underneath the tape applied in a specific inhibition method. This taping method will elicit the muscle tone in the affected motor units that are surrounded by the tape applied in a specific elicitation method. There are three different types of elicitation method patterns based on muscle size or groups of muscles, secondarily to the length tension relationship required for a muscle contraction. There is only one type of inhibition method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Charise Marie Vacca
  • Patent number: 10428447
    Abstract: A compression article which is produced from an elastic textile material, in particular a knitted fabric, and which is provided with at least one elastic holding strap which protects against slipping on the body part, characterized in that the holding strap is produced using a friction thread which is located in places on the strap inner side on the surface of the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: BSN-JOBST GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Tuerk, Marius Chrost, Joachim Bauer, Juergen Greve
  • Patent number: 10424789
    Abstract: Provided is a negative electrode for a lithium ion secondary battery including: a negative electrode current collector; and a negative electrode active material for a lithium ion secondary battery which is disposed on the negative electrode current collector and contains a carbon material and an aqueous binder. The carbon material is a graphite particle having a covering layer containing amorphous carbon by 5 wt % or less relative to a total weight of the carbon material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Envision AESC Japan Ltd.
    Inventors: Ippei Waki, Yuji Tanjo
  • Patent number: 10362811
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a sock having one or more support assemblages for providing structural support to one or more regions of the foot of the wearer. In some exemplary embodiments, a support assemblage may be an arch support assemblage that is adapted to cover an arch of the foot. In some exemplary embodiments, a support assemblage may be an Achilles support assemblage that is adapted to cover the Achilles tendon of the foot. In some exemplary embodiments, a support assemblage may be an ankle support assemblage that is adapted to cover a portion of the ankle of the foot. In some exemplary embodiments, the sock may comprise multiple support assemblages to provide structural support to different regions of the foot of the wearer. Typically, a support assemblage will have an elasticity coefficient that is lower than an elasticity coefficient of the other areas of the sock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: SOKSYSTEM, LLC
    Inventor: Babak Baravarian
  • Patent number: 10314345
    Abstract: The invention relates to an article of sports clothing (10) for wearing next to the skin, comprising at least on base basic zone of elastically expandable textile fabric and at least on compression section (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 11) comprising means for compression, which are formed by ridges that are provided on the face of the textile fabric facing towards the skin. The compression sections (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 11) are arranged asymmetrically in relation to the body halves, divided into the sections provided for the trunk (20) and/or the upper and/or lower extremities (21, 22, 23, 24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Bodo W. Lambertz
  • Patent number: 10172744
    Abstract: A compression device for applying compression to a body part of a user. The compression device comprises a sleeve for substantially covering a portion of the body part of a user. The sleeve has an upper edge, a lower edge and an opening extending from its upper edge to its lower edge, said opening having two side edges. The first side edge is provided with one half of a zipper and the second side edge is provided with a complementary half of said zipper. The sleeve includes at least one expandable gusset provided with a releasable closure system extending along the length of said gusset, said gusset and releasable closure system being configured and arranged, such that when said releasable closure system is closed said gusset is prevented from expansion and when said releasable closure system is opened said gusset is allowed to expand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Ivana Babic, Guido Hitschmann, Edward L. Weaver, II, Federico Casotto, Pasquale Cirulli, Andrea Daelli
  • Patent number: 10172748
    Abstract: An inverting digit bandage system enables covering a digit, such as a finger or toe, with an inverting digit bandage by pulling deployment strips. An inverting digit bandage has a sleeve portion that is rolled up into a toroid portion along with the deployment strip, A deployment tab extends from the deployment toroid and pulling down on the deployment tab unfurls the inverting digit bandage over a digit. An attachment tab may be configured on the extended end of the sleeve and have an adhesive to secure the bandage over the digit. The deployment strip may be attached to a release layer configured over the adhesive on the attachment tab and may remove the release layer when pulled from the inverting digit bandage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: FIRST FREEDOM FINANCIAL, INC
    Inventor: Steven Wanderman
  • Patent number: 9814273
    Abstract: Articles of apparel include: (a) a garment structure having one or more fabric elements structured and arranged to provide a close fit to at least one predetermined portion of a body (e.g., area(s) of the body for which enhanced position sensing and/or feedback are desired); and (b) a body position feedback system engaged with or integrally formed as part of the garment structure. The body position feedback system may apply higher tensile or constricting (compressive) forces to selected portions of the wearer's body and/or stretch resistance, which can help stimulate or interact with nerves and deep tissue receptors located in various portions of the body. The increased forces at selected locations of the body give the wearer sensory feedback regarding the position or orientation of these parts of the body and can improve or accelerate development of “muscle memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Nordstrom, Susan L. Sokolowski
  • Patent number: 9782617
    Abstract: A system for stretching the piriformis muscle may comprise a thigh strap, calf strap and one or more handles. A handle may be pulled to urge the piriformis muscle into a more elongated position. The thigh strap and calf strap may be of equal or unequal length. An optional knee void may be used for alignment purposes and may be found beneath a handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventor: Thomas Alan Ferguson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9649227
    Abstract: The invention relates to a textile bandage with a bandage body (20) which has an inner face, directed towards a bandage wearer, and an outer face, wherein the surface of the inner face has zones (30, 40, 50) with different marking orientations (33, 44, 55).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: OTTO BOCK HEALTHCARE GMBH
    Inventor: Matthias Vollbrecht
  • Patent number: 9534324
    Abstract: A process for manufacturing knitwear, hosiery textile items or seamless items with variable compression on circular weft knitting machines, comprising the steps of activating a program for manufacturing a textile (6); manufacturing a textile item (6); and changing the tension of an elastic yarn (9) fed to the needles (4) by a first feeding device (8) of a predefined value of variation and for a predefined number of times, corresponding to at least two times within the same knitting row during the production of the textile, so as to define in said knitting row of the textile a corresponding predefined number of distinct knitting row portions having a differentiated yarn tension, corresponding to at least two portions of the same knitting row; the step of changing the tension of such a yarn being performed independently from the knitted structure produced and also independently from a variation in the position of the stitch adjusting cams (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: SANTONI S.P.A.
    Inventors: Andrea Lonati, Lorenzo Favardi
  • Patent number: 9345607
    Abstract: A coupling device for an orthopedic brace includes an anchoring member for securing to a frame and protruding therefrom, and a subshell arranged to connect to the frame by the anchoring member. The subshell has a locking element for selectively positioning the subshell on the frame at a plurality of locations. The subshell may include an end portion or contoured edge extending beyond a portion of the frame so as to flex relative to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: OSSUR HF
    Inventors: Jane Lee, Yessenia Lopez, Joshua Kompa, Arni Thor Ingimundarson
  • Patent number: 9320634
    Abstract: Embodiments of the training brace assembly utilize an elastic training portion about a body portion to provide a resistance force to the limbs about the body portions. The elastic training portion may be positioned from attachment points on upper and lower mounting portions to provide the resistance force that influences the movement of the mounting portions and the body portion. In embodiments for a hip joint as the body portion, the training brace assembly provides a progressive resistance force that may assist in neuromuscular training of the hip joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: The Lonnie and Shannon Paulos Trust (as Amended and Restated) F/K/A The James Dizikis Trust Dated February 26, 2008
    Inventor: Lonnie Paulos
  • Patent number: 9283135
    Abstract: A method of selecting and using a compression garment is disclosed. The method may include selecting a garment comprising a compression sleeve including a proximal end and a distal end. The compression sleeve may comprise material having one of short-stretch function and inelastic function. The method may include donning the garment by inserting a limb of an animal or human through an opening in the proximal end and positioning the compression sleeve such that the material extends over at least a portion of a muscle mass of the limb. When the muscle mass is activated, the compression sleeve may augment the venous muscle return produced by the muscle mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: FARROW INNOVATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Wade P. Farrow
  • Patent number: 9215898
    Abstract: A shin guard for combat sports is provided having increased protect for the wearer and the opponent. The shin guard has sleeve for surrounding the lower leg of the wearer and a front padding attached to the sleeve with a top portion reversibly secured which covers and hides a closure system. The shin guard may also have a calf reinforcement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: HAYABUSA FIGHTWEAR, INC.
    Inventors: Ken Clement, Craig Clement, John David Zikakis
  • Patent number: 9066820
    Abstract: The liner or sleeve is for use around a joint, for example, as a skin interface between a limb and a prosthetic or orthotic device. The liner or sleeve includes an elastomeric material defining a tubular member to be positioned around a joint. A tendon is attached along a portion of the tubular member to urge the elastomeric material at such portion of the tubular member to contract. The tendon may be integrally molded within the portion of the tubular member. The tendon may be formed of an elastomeric material having a higher durometer hardness relative to the durometer hardness of the tubular member elastomeric material. With the present approach, it is possible to maintain the use of a two part mold while providing a liner or sleeve with enhanced flexion adjacent to a joint area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: EVOLUTION INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Craig M. Mackenzie
  • Patent number: 9033906
    Abstract: A therapeutic compression apparatus having a primary wrap, a foot wrap and a stirrup is provided. The primary wrap encircles a first portion of a leg and applies compression thereto. The foot wrap encircles at least a portion of the foot and applies compression thereto. The foot wrap may be integrated with the stirrup, detachably connected or provided separately. The compression apparatus may be configured such that one or more bladders are provided therein. The compression apparatus may include a pressure gauge and pump for controlling an amount of pressure applied to the treatment site. A bladder assembly with a number of fluid bladder configurations is also provided for use within a compression apparatus. The bladder may be configured to provide a gradient pressure profile to the treatment site when filled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Sun Scientific, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy J. Nolan, Guy Osborne, Sundaram Ravikumar, Vikram Ravikumar
  • Patent number: 9017274
    Abstract: An orthopedic device has a main body panel including a longitudinal length with a curved cross-section, and opposed lateral and medial sides. A posterior panel is secured to the lateral and medial sides of the main body panel, and is sized longitudinally shorter than the main body panel in a non-stretched condition. The posterior panel is secured to the main body panel in a pretensioned condition and spans the longitudinal length of the main body panel along the lateral and medial sides thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: OSSUR HF
    Inventors: James Forbes, Stacy Wyatt, Yessenia Lopez, Irving Hu
  • Patent number: 8992397
    Abstract: To ensure easy and secure placement of a belt for KAATSU muscle training on a target compressed site near the proximal portion of a limb. A belt 100B has a longer first band-shaped member 110 and a shorter second band-shaped member 120 both of which have a band shape and are connected to a ring-shaped joint member 130 at their respective ends. In order to place the belt 100B on the target compressed site, the limb (right leg in this case) on which the belt 100B is expected to be placed is inserted into a loop of the first band-shaped member 110 formed by passing the end of the first band-shaped member 110 through an opening in the joint member 130, and the belt is moved up to the target compressed site. Then, the first band-shaped member 110 and the second band-shaped member 120 are pulled with both hands in the opposite directions. The belt 100B is placed on the target compressed site with the belt 100B being tensioned appropriately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Kaatsu Japan Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Sato
  • Patent number: 8986235
    Abstract: An ankle brace is provided that includes (a) a boot assembly having a semi-rigid or rigid support, (b) an adjustable stirrup configured to go under the arch of a wearer's foot, and (c) a lace and rotatable tightening mechanism configured to tighten the adjustable stirrup and pull it upward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Edward L. Weaver, II, John R. Elrod
  • Patent number: 8926539
    Abstract: A knee orthosis that includes a medial tracking member that operatively fits along a lateral side of, and provides medial traction to, a patella having patellofemoral articular tissue; an inward tracking member that operatively fits over, and provides inward pressure against, the patella; wherein the inward tracking member provides a compressive force against the patella, thereby increasing the contact surface area between the patellofemoral articular tissue and an associated femoral trochlear groove. The inward tracking member overlays the patella and the medial tracking member so that medial traction can be placed on the patella. The inward tracking member provides continued compressive force against the patella to stretch lateral connective tissue of the patella, throughout a full extension or flexion motion of an associated knee, and the continuous compressive force is substantially the same throughout the extension or flexion motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Dean E. Cropper
  • Patent number: 8911389
    Abstract: A knee joint bandage (1) is made of elastic material and has a pad assigned to the knee cap. The bandage is provided, on at least one side of the pad, with a flexible stabilizing rod (8,9) that extends along the length of the bandage. The stabilizing rod (8,9) is provided with a grip part and is embedded in a pocket arranged on the bandage (1) and which is firmly connected to the material of the bandage (1) at edge zones (10, 11) and at the end of the bandage arranged above the knee cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Bauerfeind AG
    Inventors: Holger Reinhardt, Uwe Berendt
  • Patent number: 8894598
    Abstract: A cushioning boot for bed-ridden patients. The boot includes a thickly-padded leg engaging portion and foot engaging portion with a front opening for easy insertion of a patient foot and leg. A series of stretchable, adjustable closure panels are removably secured to the boot for positioning and inserted leg in the proper orientation and retaining it in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Sage Products, LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence G Ponsi, Barbara T Skiba, Steven Brown
  • Patent number: 8857440
    Abstract: A tissue protector is adapted to be positioned on the skin surrounding an incision. The tissue protector provides a load bearing surface for surgical tools and instruments to prevent blunt force and pressure trauma to the skin and soft tissues within the incision. In one embodiment, the tissue protector is a sheet of wear-resistant material having an opening corresponding to the incision and expandable as the incision is retracted. In another embodiment, a tissue protector device includes a continuous expandable arrangement of interconnected L-shaped links. In still another embodiment, a one-piece tissue protector includes a flexible panel supported on the skin and a flexible sleeve extending into the incision. Yet another embodiment of the invention resides in a track that is supported about the incision. An instrument support platform is slidably mounted to the track to support a surgical tool relative to the incision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, LLC
    Inventors: RamaRao Gundlapalli, Matthew Smith, Mark Heldreth
  • Patent number: 8852133
    Abstract: Embodiments of the hyperextension brace assembly utilize a cross-strap attached to mounting facilities about a joint to limit the extension of limbs about the joint. The cross-strap assembly is positioned from a cross origin behind the joint to attachment points on upper and lower mounting facilities on the upper and lower limbs and provides an opposing tensile force that limits the extension of mounting facilities and the limbs. In embodiments for a knee joint, the brace assembly provides a resisting force to resist hyperextension of the knee. Embodiments of the assembly are able to accommodate different joints, different size wearer's of the assembly and different tension settings such as for athletes during competition. Embodiments of the brace can be used bilaterally and can be made without metal bracing to comply with the requirements of some sports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: The Lonnie and Shannon Pavlos Trust
    Inventors: Lonnie E. Paulos, Kim A. Nelson
  • Patent number: 8845567
    Abstract: A knee bandage is provided comprising a bandage base element and at least one massage pelotte. The bandage base element includes a central kneecap region, a thigh region and a lower leg region. The massage pelotte is fixed in the massage region of the base element and has massage elements oriented inwards towards the leg. The massage region is located in the thigh region and is allocated to a trigger point or trigger region of the musculus vastus lateralis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Medi GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Jens Herresthal
  • Patent number: 8827941
    Abstract: A multi-piece therapeutic cover that assembles to warm, cushion and stabilize the thigh of a below-knee amputee. A thigh piece contains a resiliently rigid channel piece and several laterally extending, wings including sizing tabs that overlap and cooperate with associated straps. A stump contact piece, end cap piece and knee cover piece contain foam pads to cushion the stump end and knee. Strips of hook and loop fastener material arrayed about the surfaces of the protector pieces judiciously overlap to contain the protector pieces to each other and the limb. Buckled straps further support the protector assembly to the limb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventors: William Davis, Michael Vitse
  • Patent number: 8821425
    Abstract: A therapeutic pressure strap for applying pressure across a muscle or muscle groups on a mammalian limb is described. The strap is particularly well suited for treating “tennis elbow”. The strap contains an adjustable fastening means for securing and tightening the strap around a limb. The strap also possesses a plurality of pressure members (e.g., elongated rubber tubes) that apply separate and discrete areas or points of pressure in a line across a muscle or muscle group and generally perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the limb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Wesley Cox
  • Patent number: 8790287
    Abstract: An orthopedic padding including an elongate spacer fabric having spaced faces interconnected and separated by an intermediate spacer area, the spaced faces having a knitted construction different from a knitted construction of the intermediate spacer area, and the elongate fabric constructed at least in part of hydrophobic monofilament yarn knitted in an open construction for breathability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: BSN Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: John C. Evans
  • Patent number: 8784349
    Abstract: A knee brace for use by athletes or others requiring protection and support of the knee. The knee brace protects against abnormal motions of the knee, and provides direct and indirect patella stabilization. A base comprised of elastic material is configured to closely fit around portions of the knee and adjacent leg portions. The knee brace includes at least one upright support member attached to a lateral side of the base, where the upright support member is curved with an upper portion bending away from the front central axis of the brace and a lower portion that bends toward the front central axis of the brace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Mueller Sports Medicine, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald E. Nelson
  • Patent number: 8784347
    Abstract: A post-surgery, high-back, compression garment is described for post-operatively immobilizing surgically corrected tissues to ensure proper healing and provide molded gluteal-shaping power-net domes that preserve desired anatomic curvature enhancements and corrections in the gluteal regions of the human body during convalescence following contouring gluteoplasty procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Veronica C. Smith
  • Patent number: 8777885
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting a patient's hand, wrist, and at least a portion of the forearm in order to expose the radial artery to receive an arterial line. The apparatus including a substantially flexible, unitary body adapted to underlie the posterior of the patient's hand, wrist and forearm. The unitary body including a forward portion having an upturned cutout portion for receiving finger portions of a patient's hand. The forward portion configured for mating engagement with the posterior surface of the hand. The unitary body further including a rear portion sloping downward from the forward portion and having an upturned cutout portion for receiving a forearm portion of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventors: Alberto Mantilla, Anthony John Baxter, Paul Michael Elhardt, Thomas Chilton Hill
  • Patent number: 8764690
    Abstract: The apparatus comprises an inflatable sleeve 6 to be wrapped around a limb, typically a thigh, of a patient. The sleeve 6 comprises three inflatable chambers 3, 4, 5. Inflation is controlled by a pump 1 so that the distal chamber 3 is inflated first to a low pressure to act as a tourniquet, followed by inflation of the central chamber 4 to a pressure to drive fluid flow upwards, and then inflation of the proximal chamber 5 to a low pressure to act as a tourniquet and deflating both the distal 3 and central 4 chambers to produce a negative pressure gradient down-stream in the limb causing fluid to be drawn up the limb. This cycle is repeated a number of times over a period of two minutes before allowing the limb to rest for two minutes, resulting in increased mean arterial blood flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Huntleigh Technology Limited
    Inventor: Nigel Gough
  • Patent number: 8764694
    Abstract: This invention is related to wound care in humans and animals, and they reduce the use of adhesives. Also allows the process of wound dressing to be faster, easier, and applicable even with one hand. In these models, a support unit and straps are used. These straps are stretchable and attach to a zone of the hook fastener on the support on a detachable, re-attachable basis. In some models the support unit will function as the stabilizer of the system or to make the functions simpler. The main idea is used in making multiple models for use in different areas of the body. In other models the unit allows guarding the skin and wound site or for the protection of the wound. All in all, the applicant has tried to introduce units for improving the humans and animals life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Yousef Daneshvar
  • Patent number: 8740828
    Abstract: A method of forming a compression device including providing a wicking layer having a perimeter generally corresponding to a perimeter of the device and a surface area comprising the area bounded by the perimeter of the wicking layer. A bladder segment is provided including opposing bladder layers of air-impermeable bladder material defining an inflatable bladder. The bladder segment has a surface area less than the surface area of the wicking layer. An outer layer is provided having openings therein. A portion of the wicking layer is not overlaid by the bladder segment by virtue of the bladder segment having a smaller surface area than the surface area of the wicking layer. The portion of the wicking layer not overlaid by the bladder segment is overlaid by openings in the outer layer. A compression device is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Jennie Brown, Malcolm G. Bock, Raymond Avitable
  • Patent number: 8734371
    Abstract: An ankle brace is configured with a lateral anterior talofibular (ATF) strap and an inversion control strap affixed to a non-rigid brace body coupled to a semi-rigid orthotic arch support. The brace may be quickly donned and doffed by a wearer, and provides prophylactic or post-injury support to the ATF ligament without unduly restricting the wearer's motion. As a result, the wearer may participate in physical activity without significant impairment in range of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Eddy Leonard Robertson
  • Patent number: 8727950
    Abstract: The present invention provides an armband designed for wearing by a person who uses a hand prosthesis or a person with impaired hand function. The armband both stabilizes the attachment of the prosthesis thereby allowing pulling exercises that would otherwise be impossible and provides connection to exercise machines allowing the wearer to carry out exercises that would otherwise require the wearer to grasp an operational portion of the exercise machine. The armband is constructed from a sheet of flexible material that is sized to be wrapped around a wearer's arm enclosing substantially all of the arm and the wrist or base portion of any hand prosthesis. The wrapped armband is tightened by attached cinching straps and D-rings are provided attached to the surface of the armband for attachment of portions of exercise machines. An optional shoulder harness can be attached to the armband for additional stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Andrew C. Carter
  • Patent number: 8708938
    Abstract: A low density fabric substrate for a medical bandaging product. The substrate has a plurality of longitudinally-extending voids formed in the fabric for permitting water penetration through the fabric thickness from one of the major faces to the other major faces. A reactive system is impregnated into or coated onto the substrate and remains stable when maintained in substantially moisture-free conditions and hardens upon exposure to sufficient moisture to form a rigid, self supporting structure. A soft, flexible protective material covers at least one of the major faces of the substrate along its length to provide a cushioning barrier between the substrate and the skin of a patient when the material is in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: BSN Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: John C. Evans, Shitij Chabba, Martin O'Hara
  • Patent number: 8696610
    Abstract: The magnetorheological (MAR) medical brace includes a flexible outer shell that fits around the anatomical area to be braced and a plurality of adjustable straps for securing the shell onto the anatomical area. The shell encases a MAR pack filled with magnetorheological fluid or gel. A plurality of magnets is attached to or encased in the shell to provide a magnetic field acting on the MAR pack. The interaction of the magnetic field with the MAR pack adjustably increases or decreases the stiffness of the shell depending on the strength of the magnetic field. A control mechanism is provided for selective adjustment of the magnetic field and other functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventors: Clifford T. Solomon, Theodore C. Solomon
  • Patent number: 8672864
    Abstract: A body support for spanning a hinge joint of the body comprises an elastically stretchable framework. The framework includes an integrally molded network of interconnected elastomeric segments. A first subset of the interconnected, elastomeric segments extends along a perimeter of the framework, and a second subset of the interconnected, elastomeric segments located within the perimeter of the framework bounds and defines a plurality of permanent openings in the framework. One of the plurality of permanent openings comprises an alignment opening. None of the interconnected, elastomeric segments of the first subset are part of the second subset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Nordt Development Co., LLC
    Inventors: William E. Nordt, III, Ian D. Kovacevich, Kevin J. Dahlquist, Thomas J. Philpott, Jason Huneycutt
  • Patent number: 8668661
    Abstract: A knee brace, for use by athletes or others requiring protection and support of the knee, that includes an elastic base that covers the knee and adjacent portions of the leg of a person, a mesh support layer covering an upper portion of the base and extending below the knee when the brace is worn, and a below-knee support panel made of an inelastic sheet material. The mesh support layer can have a symmetric construction, and can have overlapping ears, although this is not required. Alternative embodiments of a knee brace according to the present invention can include a mesh support layer that covers the patella tendon, or a mesh support layer that encircles the kneecap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Mueller Sports Medicine, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Mueller, Eric D. Bybee
  • Patent number: 8663144
    Abstract: An apparatus for applying pressure to a body part comprising multiple interconnectable bands of compressible or noncompressible material. Optional spine to further interconnect the bands. Interconnectable pieces designed for covering specific body areas. Modular arrangement of the individual components. Customized or off-the-shelf availability of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Farrow Medical Innovations Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Wade P. Farrow, Barry L. Creighton
  • Patent number: 8663145
    Abstract: A method of treating a patient with a strap is provided. The method includes providing a strap including a retainer portion, a base portion opposing the retainer portion, a foam layer having a first surface, and a fabric layer having a second surface, the foam layer having an elasticity greater than the fabric layer, contacting a body portion of a patient with the first surface, and retaining the strap against the body portion by connecting the retainer portion to the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Bonutti Research, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter M. Bonutti
  • Patent number: 8647288
    Abstract: A multi-phase orthopedic system including a moisture-impervious sleeve, a moldable splint including a covered resin-impregnated substrate, an elongate removable wrap for retaining the splint on the limb, and a removable cast for application to the limb during a subsequent treatment phase including a cast body having an interior side and exterior side, and a flap carried by the body and movable between an open position, and a closed position overlying a part of the cast body to be applied to a treatment area of the limb, the flap adapted to cover and retain between the cast body and the flap the splint worn by the patient during the initial treatment phase in the same position as the location of the splint during the initial treatment phase. A method of immobilizing a limb in multiple treatment phases utilizing the multi-phase orthopedic system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: BSN Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Koen Jozef Maria Jorissen
  • Patent number: 8641653
    Abstract: A compression garment comprises a plurality of longitudinal wales arranged to form a fabric having a length and generally parallel to the length, and a plurality of secondary transverse elastomeric threads connecting adjacent longitudinal wales and equally spaced about a length of the longitudinal wales. In a stretched state, the longitudinal wales are spaced from one another and remain generally parallel to the length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Martin Winkler
  • Publication number: 20140024990
    Abstract: A compression orthosis for a lower limb includes a compression knit having at least one honeycomb area defined by a knit comprising a first type of mesh interconnecting elastic knitting yarns, non-elastic knitting yarns and elastic weft threads, and a second type of mesh. The structure is defined by elastic knitting yarns having meshes extending over at least two rows. The elastic weft yarns have floats of at least two needles, and the non-elastic knitting yarns have floats of at least one needle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: GIBAUD
    Inventors: Christophe Valois, Michael Mcgowan
  • Patent number: 8632484
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for providing supplemental support to the arm and/or elbow region of an individual. In one exemplary implementation, a brace for a user's arm is provided comprising a rigid element including arm-engaging portions and a strap of flexible material configured to encircle the arm. Moreover, the exemplary rigid element and strap may be further characterized in that the strap comprises an elastic nature or portion that provides a force (such as a compressive or constraining force) to the user's arm, the arm-engaging portions include muscle/tendon-engaging regions that each engage the user's arm along a leading face/edge, with various leading faces/edges corresponding to the muscle/tendon-engaging regions being positioned in relationship with each other to apply a desired pressure or force to the user's arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Squarehit Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: James Bowmar Rodgers, Jr., Maurice Arthur LeBlanc, Jr., Raymond Neil Bilsey
  • Patent number: 8628488
    Abstract: A compression wrap for providing pressure to an injured portion of a joint of a limb is provided. The compression wrap includes a pocket portion for receiving compression insert. The compression wrap further includes a strap connected to the pocket portion and adjustably securing the compression wrap to the limb. A buckle loop connected to the opposite side of the pocket portion as the strap adjustably receives the strap to adjust the size of the strap. Further, the strap portion and the pocket portion are configured such that when the compression wrap is attached to the limb of a person having an injury proximate the joint, the pocket portion is positionable to apply a load to the location of the injury while the strap portion is spaced away from the crease of the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventor: Richard J. Serola
  • Patent number: 8628487
    Abstract: A cushioning boot for bed-ridden patients. The boot includes a thickly-padded leg engaging portion and foot engaging portion with a front opening for easy insertion of a patient foot and leg. A series of stretchable, adjustable closure panels are removably secured to the boot for positioning and inserted leg in the proper orientation and retaining it in place. The closure panels are provided with guiding in the form of loops secured to the boot. Each closure panel passes through its associated loop for proper positioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Sage Products, LLC.
    Inventors: Lawrence G. Ponsi, Paul Hanifl