Extension Appliance Patents (Class 606/241)
  • Patent number: 6936062
    Abstract: A chiropractic table for treatment of a patient when the patient is in a lordotic, relaxed posture lying prone on the table, includes a base and a padded frame mounted to the base. The frame has an upper side shaped to form an elongate upper surface extending in a generally horizontal longitudinal direction. The upper surface is arcuately shaped, when viewed in lateral cross-section orthogonal to the longitudinal direction. The upper surface has downwardly curved sides extending downwardly and oppositely from an uppermost ridge-line surface extending the length of the upper surface. The ridge-line surface has a face-resting concavity formed thereon at a first end of the upper surface. The concavity is adapted to receive in resting relation thereon the face of the patient when lying prone along and astride the ridge-line surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Inventor: Clint B. Hallgrimson
  • Patent number: 6923825
    Abstract: A foot-and-calf support and treatment table for extension, flexion, traction, distraction and lateral movement of the spine and lower body of a patient includes a base adapted to rest upon a floor, and a system support assembly having an upper end and a lower end integrally secured to the base, the support assembly including a pivot axis proximal to upper end. The treatment table also includes a selectable reciprocal extension element having an upper end and a lower end, one end pivotally attached to the system support assembly, the selectable extension elements providing reciprocal movement of the one end relative to an opposite end. The table further includes a rigid support platform having an upper end and a lower end, the platform pivotally secured to the pivot axis of the support assembly and, further, pivotally secured to the one end of the selectable extension element to provide a resultant rotational motion of the support platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Inventor: David F. Cuccia
  • Patent number: 6905508
    Abstract: A rotatable chiropractic treatment table for extension, flexion, traction, distraction and lateral movement of the spine of a patient includes a base adapted to rest upon a floor, and a system support assembly having an upper end and a lower end integrally secured to the base, the support assembly including a pivot axis proximal to upper end. The treatment table also includes a selectable reciprocal extension element having an upper end and a lower end, one end pivotally attached to the system support assembly, the selectable extension elements providing reciprocal movement of the one end relative to an opposite end. The table further includes a rigid support platform having an upper end and a lower end, the platform pivotally secured to the pivot axis of the support assembly and, further, pivotally secured to the one end of the selectable extension element to provide a resultant rotational motion of the support platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Inventor: David F. Cuccia
  • Patent number: 6827697
    Abstract: The present invention is for a controlled therapeutic traction device utilizing a warmed hypertonic solution or other fluid of sufficient specific gravity to float the patient in a relaxing, relatively weightless environment. Traction is applied to a portion of the patient's body using various means to apply tension to that portion of the body, while the remainder of the patient's body continues to be suspended in the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Inventor: Dennis Lynn Liepman
  • Patent number: 6770013
    Abstract: A device for selectively applying tractive forces to a user's back. In some embodiments, the device is an isometric exercise device. In some embodiments, the device is a portable, collapsible device. In some embodiments, the device enables a user to selectively adjust and control the magnitude and/or application region of the tractive forces while the device is being used. In some embodiments, the user-exerted tractive force is applied to handle portions of the device and transmitted to a lower extremity engaging portion of the device. In some embodiments, the device is configured such that a user can connect and remove the user's lower extremities from the device without requiring the manual manipulation of the mounts used to selectively retain the user's lower extremities. In some embodiments, the device is adjustable for use by a wide variety of differently sized individuals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: Acorn Products, LLC
    Inventor: Scott H. Stillinger
  • Patent number: 6733470
    Abstract: A traction force applying apparatus includes a frame that has a first support bar, a second support bar and a third support bar. The second support bar is fixedly connected to the first support bar adjacent to a first end thereof. The third support bar is fixedly connected to the first support bar near a second end thereof. A first set of plurality of hooks are fixedly attached to a first side of the first support bar. A second set of plurality of hooks are fixedly attached to a first side of the second support bar. A one-way tensioning cleat is fixedly connected to the first support bar. The apparatus also includes a rope that has a first end and a second end. The first end of the rope is selectively connectable to one of the plurality of hooks in the first set and the second set. The rope extends through the cleat to place a desired tension on the rope between the cleat and the first end of the rope. The traction force applying apparatus can be used alone or in combination with a traction table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: Promote Chiropractic, Inc
    Inventors: Dwight J. DeGeorge, Sanghak O. Harrison, Leonard A. Siskin
  • Patent number: 6679905
    Abstract: The invention comprises a chiropractic table having a base, a plurality of frames, a plurality of drop mechanisms, and a plurality of cushions. The base has a longitudinal axis and the plurality of frames are attached to the base. Each frame has a first lateral side and a second lateral side which are substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the base. In addition, each frame has a pair of transverse sides which are substantially perpendicular to the first and second lateral sides. Each lateral side includes a frame hole. The frame holes in the first lateral side of each frame are substantially identically located with respect to the transverse side associated therewith, and the frame holes in the second lateral side of each frame are substantially identically located with respect to the transverse side associated therewith. The table is also provided with a plurality of cushions, each of which is adapted to be received by a frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Assignee: Encore Medical Asset Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher H. Peetros, Blake Pruett
  • Publication number: 20030216781
    Abstract: A rotatable chiropractic treatment table for extension, flexion, traction, distraction and lateral movement of the spine of a patient includes a base adapted to rest upon a floor, and a system support assembly having an upper end and a lower end integrally secured to the base, the support assembly including a pivot axis proximal to upper end. The treatment table also includes a selectable reciprocal extension element having an upper end and a lower end, one end pivotally attached to the system support assembly, the selectable extension elements providing reciprocal movement of the one end relative to an opposite end. The table further includes a rigid support platform having an upper end and a lower end, the platform pivotally secured to the pivot axis of the support assembly and, further, pivotally secured to the one end of the selectable extension element to provide a resultant rotational motion of the support platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2003
    Publication date: November 20, 2003
    Inventor: David F. Cuccia
  • Patent number: 6638299
    Abstract: A chiropractic treatment table and method for treating a patient's spine for providing true longitudinal distraction alone or in combination with vertical flexion and extension, lateral flexion, and/or rotation. The treatment table includes a longitudinally moveable head support portion slidingly mounted on an anti-friction structure whereby the head support portion is freely moveable with practically no frictional or drag. In view of the anti-friction structure, the net longitudinal distraction force is primarily only that which is applied by the chiropractor thereby not requiring adjustment or compensation for drag or other forces, and thereby providing the chiropractor substantially improved control of the actual applied distraction force for administering the desired distraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Inventor: James M. Cox
  • Publication number: 20030145862
    Abstract: A wedge pillow that is placed under the patient to reduce the risk of hypoxia or aspiration associated with endotracheal intubation. The wedge pillow raises the angle of the thoracic spine and provides a platform and pressure point relief for the back of the head. This allows excessive and redundant tissue to fall away from the head and neck, thereby allowing excellent positioning, easy access to the oropharynx, and perfect sniffing position for direct visualization of the glottic opening. An extended arm cushion is also provided that may be used in conjunction with the wedge pillow to prevent or minimizes the amount of hyperextension of the arm at the shoulder joint during surgery. The arm cushion also provides pressure point relief to the arms keeps the arm from becoming malpositioned during surgery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2002
    Publication date: August 7, 2003
    Inventor: Eric S. Perry
  • Publication number: 20030139777
    Abstract: This present invention relates to a digitized control three-dimensional spinal orthopaedic device for cure injured spinal. The device comprises a bed body, a head-chest plate and a breech-leg plate. The bed body has a frame configuration, and comprises a top bed body and a bottom bed body. The head-chest plate is fixed on the top bed body. A traction means of the head-chest plate and an angle means of the breech-leg plate are fixed into the top bed body. The breech-leg plate is supported by a swinging arm. A left-to-right angle means is located under the breech-leg plate. A connecting shaft of the angle means is connected to the up-to-down swinging arm by a cross rod, so the head-chest plate is integrated with the breech-leg plate. The present spinal orghopaedic device can enable the bed body to go up and down automatically, the head-chest plate can vibrate and be drawn at a high or low speed, and the breech-leg plate moves up to down, rotates left to right and vibrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2002
    Publication date: July 24, 2003
    Inventors: Shiyou Xiao, Zaijie Guan
  • Publication number: 20030130696
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a portable spinal adjustment apparatus and method for assisting a user thereof to adjust the user's spine. The apparatus includes an elongate member which defines a substantially convex substantially rigid surface which is disposed between a first end and a second end of the elongate member. The convex rigid surface features a radius of about 2 to 4 inches, thereby defining a first side and a second side, and a length suitable to cooperate with and transversely support a body region of the user. The first end of the elongate member supports the elongate member during use thereof such that the convex rigid surface is facing upward, and the second end of the elongate member also supports the elongate member during use thereof such that the convex rigid surface is horizontal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2002
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Inventor: Neal Russell Hurd
  • Patent number: 6547809
    Abstract: A rotatable chiropractic treatment table for extension, flexion, traction, distraction and lateral movement of the spine of a patient includes a base adapted to rest upon a floor, and a system support assembly having an upper end and a lower end integrally secured to the base, the support assembly including a pivot axis proximal to upper end. The treatment table also includes a selectable reciprocal extension element having an upper end and a lower end, one end pivotally attached to the system support assembly, the selectable extension elements providing reciprocal movement of the one end relative to an opposite end. The table further includes a rigid support platform having an upper end and a lower end, the platform pivotally secured to the pivot axis of the support assembly and, further, pivotally secured to the one end of the selectable extension element to provide a resultant rotational motion of the support platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Inventor: David F. Cuccia
  • Patent number: 6533743
    Abstract: An angularly adjustable traction apparatus (10) for applying traction forces to a patient's limb wherein the apparatus (10) includes a base platform member (20) provided with a rail unit (14) that is raised relative to the base platform member (20) and a limb immobilizing unit (12) and pulley unit (13) slidably disposed on the rail unit (14) and adapted to be angularly adjusted relative thereto; wherein, the pulley unit (13) includes a support post member (50) and a pulley member (60) suspended from the support post member (50) and provided with a bracket element (61) whose height can be varied to the base platform member (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Inventor: John S. Moss
  • Patent number: 6454734
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling the amount of tension distributed to a patient receiving traction including a gripping structure having a switching sensor to sense action commands from the patient, a control consul communicated with the switching sensor so as to receive action commands from the switching sensor and process the action commands so as to create processed commands, and a traction device for applying tension to the patient, the traction device includes a tensioning device communicated with the control consul so as to receive processed commands from the control consul, wherein the tensioning device controls the traction device so as to engage or disengage the traction device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Inventor: William John Deacon
  • Publication number: 20020120293
    Abstract: The invention comprises a chiropractic table having a base, a plurality of frames, a plurality of drop mechanisms, and a plurality of cushions. The base has a longitudinal axis and the plurality of frames are attached to the base. Each frame has a first lateral side and a second lateral side which are substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the base. In addition, each frame has a pair of transverse sides which are substantially perpendicular to the first and second lateral sides. Each lateral side includes a frame hole. The frame holes in the first lateral side of each frame are substantially identically located with respect to the transverse side associated therewith, and the frame holes in the second lateral side of each frame are substantially identically located with respect to the transverse side associated therewith. The table is also provided with a plurality of cushions, each of which is adapted to be received by a frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2001
    Publication date: August 29, 2002
    Inventors: Christopher H. Peetros, Blake Pruett
  • Patent number: 6428496
    Abstract: A frame with two parallel foot-retention bars (1) and two handles (7) that extend beside the hips of a user lying on a horizontal surface. A user inserts his/her feet between the foot-retention bars, and pushes downward on the handles to stretch the spine. The handles preferably are adjustably extendable to accommodate different user sizes. The foot retention bars push the feet away from the body, producing traction in the spine. Preferably, the foot retention bars are adjustably separable. Preferably, each of the handle assemblies (5-7) is pivotable 180 degrees to a compact storage position within the respective frame portion (3). Optionally, the device can be shipped partially assembled, for completion by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Inventor: John R. Sargent
  • Publication number: 20020095182
    Abstract: A physiotherapy bench includes a frame supported by legs in an elevated, use position, and an arcuate body supporting panel on the frame. The supporting panel includes a substantially horizontal front end for supporting the chest of a patient, and an inclined rear end for supporting the hips and the upper portion of the legs of a patient, whereby the spine is subjected to gentle traction. A headrest is resiliently connected to the front end of the frame for floating support of the head of a patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2001
    Publication date: July 18, 2002
    Inventors: Robert Taylor, Peter Herman
  • Patent number: 6328759
    Abstract: The object of the present invention is to provide a three-dimensional spine remedying apparatus, which offers more comprehensive functions and better curative effects, and frees the patient from discomfort during the process of treatment. The apparatus of the invention includes: a frame; a cephalothoracic board and a driving device thereof; a hip-leg board and a driving device thereof; a low-speed draught device; a hip board capable of rotating around the axle Z and a driving device thereof; a device for securing the body of the patient and an adjusting means thereof. The driving devices of said cephalothoracic board, hip-leg board and hip board are high-speed driving devices employing electromagnetic force. Said hip-leg board and hip board are capable of not only rotating by a predetermined angle, but also making high-speed angular oscillation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Inventor: Ji Ling Zhang
  • Patent number: 6315750
    Abstract: Rigid left and right side members extend vertically along the user's left and right sides. A girdle that encircles the user is suspended on adjustable straps from the upper ends of the rigid left and right side members. The adjustable straps on opposite sides of the girdle each have a first end permanently affixed to the inside surface of the girdle. The straps extend upward along the user's sides and pass through slots located near the tops of the rigid left and right side members. The straps then extend downwardly to second ends that are removably attached to the outside of the girdle at opposite sides by a hook-and loop fastener. In the front-to-rear direction, the rigid left and right side members coincide with the center of gravity of the lifted weight to avoid pitching moments. The straps by which the girdle is suspended are readily adjustable, thereby promoting the comfort of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Inventor: James T. Gray
  • Patent number: 6298854
    Abstract: An improved urological or gynecological examination- and treatment bench of the kind which comprises a frame having a lowermost portion and an uppermost portion, preferably designed as a pivotal arm and raisable and lowerable carrying a back cushion (11) that is individually adjustable at least to its angular position with respect to the horizontal plane, and at least one seat cushion (12) which is similarly individually adjustable to its angular position with respect to the horizontal plane. At least one of the pivatal axis for the angular adjustment of the back cushion (11) or the seat cushion (12) may be released and is arranged in such a manner that it is adjustable in dependence of a change of position of the pivotal axis of the other cushion, so that the two cushions are jointly movable under operation of only one of them and while retaining their mutual angular position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Inventor: Christer Sundstrom
  • Patent number: 6258050
    Abstract: A vertebral traction device for applying traction to the cervical vertebral column. A method for applying traction to the cervical vertebral column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Inventor: Joseph E. Henderson
  • Patent number: 6238361
    Abstract: An orthopedic apparatus for treating a child afflicted with the Legg Calves Perthes disease. The apparatus includes a telescopic cross-bar adapted to be attached at each ends to the feet of a patient's resting on a bed, to keep his legs spread apart. A post upstands from the foot of the bed and carries pulleys; a rope is trained on the pulleys and is connected at one end to the center of the cross-bar while a weight is attached to the other end of the rope. A constant pull is exerted on the patient's legs while the legs are kept spread apart. The amounts of pull and of leg spread are both adjustable. The present apparatus is destined to be used mainly at the child's home, but only shortly at the hospital, under the supervision of the parents. This apparatus is foldable and is easily carriable in a relatively small case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Inventor: Fran├žois Poirier
  • Patent number: 6186968
    Abstract: An foldable electric traction machine comprises a front beam, a rear beam and a joint connecting the front beam and the rear beam. A motor is mounted beneath the rear beam. A sliding bracket is mounted on an extension beam and can be moved by the motor. The body of a patient lying on the traction machine will be stretched by the motor driving the sliding bracket along the extension beam. A rope is provide under the front and the rear beam and will be gradually tensioned with the movement of the sliding bracket. Therefore, when the motor is operated, the traction machine not only can improve the user's body condition, but also raise the user's waist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: Modas Shing Company Ltd.
    Inventor: Jack Wu
  • Patent number: 6152950
    Abstract: A therapeutic traction table for the treatment of low back pain includes a bed pivotable from a vertical to a horizontal position for facilitating the placement of a person in a horizontal position on the bed. An upper body harness and underarm supports anchor the upper body of the person to the bed. A lower body harness is attached to the lower body pelvic portion of the person, and includes an inflatable air bladder for positioning within the posterior cavity of the lumbar spine formed between the lower back of the person and the bed for relaxing low back muscles during a pulling force on the spine. A traction unit includes a strap connected to the lower body harness for providing a pulling force between the upper body and the lower body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: Cluster Technology Corp.
    Inventors: C. Norman Shealy, Carlos Becerra, Joseph Medeiros, Charity Martin
  • Patent number: 6129693
    Abstract: A seat 100 is used with a device 10 for transferring stress from the lumbar spine to the rib cage of a person. The device 10 includes torso embracing members 29 and 30 and a seat 100 supported by the device 10. The seat includes a fluid tight chamber 106 and a fluid control device for controlling flow of fluid into and out of the chamber 106. The chamber has a first height when filled with fluid and a second, lesser height when fluid has been removed from the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Inventor: Gregory K. Peterson
  • Patent number: 6113564
    Abstract: Disclosed is a portable apparatus for providing lumbar traction in the home or while traveling which is used in conjunction with a door or gate. The apparatus includes an anchoring device which fits over the top of an ordinary door. The anchor is connected to an adjustable support strap which is attached to a junction box. An adjustable rope passing over a pulley in the junction box is provided with a grip at one end, and a pelvic traction belt at the other end. A locking mechanism is provided on the junction box to set the adjustable rope attached to the traction belt in a desired position. The device is attached over a door, and the user puts on the traction belt and lies down on the floor with knees bent, the soles of both feet flat against the door. By pulling the grip of the rope, the traction belt can be raised to a desired position for traction, and then locked in place. After an appropriate period of traction, the user disengages the lock, and lowers the traction belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Inventor: Leif McGuire
  • Patent number: 6042602
    Abstract: An apparatus for effecting spinal traction on a patient includes a tub containing liquid in which a patient, buoyantly supported by a floatation device, can float in a generally upright position in a state of buoyant equilibrium. The level of the liquid in the tub can be varied, which effects a variation on a traction force acting on the patient as the floatation device seeks new positions of buoyant equilibrium in response to the change in liquid level. The traction force may be generated by one or more weighted devices worn on the body of the patient or by a harness attached to the patient and secured within the tub to resist upward movement of the patient when the liquid level rises in the tub. The liquid level within the tub is varied by a liquid level varying apparatus associated with the tub which operates generally by displacing a volume of liquid within the tub to vary the level of the liquid by an amount corresponding to the volume of displaced liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Inventor: Charles A. Wells
  • Patent number: 5980560
    Abstract: An air injection type stomach band for distracting (e.g. stretching or extending) the lumbar vertebra of disc patients is disclosed. In the air injection type stomach band for distracting the lumbar vertebrae of disc patients, a plurality of air expansion tubes are connected perpendicularly to an air injection tube at equidistant intervals. When air is injected into the air expansion tubes, the air expansion tubes are elastically expanded so as to distract the vertebrae which constitute the lumbar vertebra. When the lumbar vertebrae are pressed, the pulpar nucleus which lies at the center of the fibrous ring is projected out. Then the projected pulpar nucleus presses the nerve, thereby causing pains in the patients. The wearing of the stomach band strengthens the fibrous ring and the lig. longitudinale anterius. Therefore, the pain is alleviated, and prevents the pulpar nucleus from being projected. Therefore, an essential treatment is possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Inventor: Ikchun Chang
  • Patent number: 5961512
    Abstract: Apparatus for positioning a human arm for shoulder surgery which includes a clamp for attaching the apparatus to a support, a bracket movably mounted in the clamp, and a forearm pad movably mounted on the bracket and adapted to support the forearm portion of the human arm. A pulley support arm is movably mounted on the bracket and a pulley is mounted on the pulley arm. An upper arm cuff is provided for attachment to the upper arm portion of the human arm. A flexible strand is connected at an upper end to the cuff, extends along the pulley and, at a lower end thereof, receives a selected weight. The weight, in response to gravity, puts tension on the strand which in turn pulls the cuff, and thereby the human upper arm, outwardly from the body to which the arm is appended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Inventor: Michael B. Purnell
  • Patent number: 5951591
    Abstract: A mobile back mounted supporting device for relieving pressure off of the back of a person who has to endure frequent bending. This device permits a wearer to bend over and remain parallel to the ground for extended periods of time without discomfort. It allows maximum movement for the operator since the operating parts do not get in the way. This device consists of a frame to which a chest harness, belt clip, and leg extensions are attached. The chest harness is worn by the worker and is supported by a system of elastic cord and pulleys. The harness pulls up on the upper body as the worker bends forward and thus provides support. The farther the wearer bends forward, the more tension is placed on the cords, and thus more support is given to the back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Inventor: Bruce Roberts
  • Patent number: 5935151
    Abstract: A distraction pump for manipulation of the spinal column and associated bodily structures having a pump body and two arms coupled to the body, one of the arms being movable relative to the other arm. Each arm has displacement means coupled to it. The distraction pump has a handle that is movable between a non-actuated position and an actuated position and actuator means operatively for causing the two displacement means to be moved from a first relative position when the handle is in the non-actuated position to a second relative position when the handle is in the actuated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Inventors: Bruce G. Broughton, Raywood C. Weiler
  • Patent number: 5922011
    Abstract: A multi-function chiropractic treatment table for effecting extension, flexion, lateral flexion and distraction of the spine of a patient. The table includes a weighted platform adapted to rest upon a floor, and telescoping vertical elevation units having upper and a lower ends, each upper end secured to a transverse horizontal pivot axis, the lower end integrally secured to the weighted platform. The table further includes a rigid elongate support frame having an upper part and a lower part, the support frame secured to the horizontal pivot axis of the elevation units, the upper part defining a plane tilted convexly relative to a plane defined by the lower part and an assembly means for selectably rotating the rigid support frame upon the transverse horizontal pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Inventor: David F. Cuccia
  • Patent number: 5865781
    Abstract: An electro-mechanical traction device is provided which includes a motor driven linear actuator connected to a guided carriage. A second carriage is mounted in tandem with the first on a common guide. The two carriages are connected by a spring. A patient engaging device is connected to the second carriage. The linear actuator and carriage guide are mounted to a common surface. When power is provided to the linear actuator motor, it moves the first carriage. The motion is transmitted through the spring to the second carriage and patient engaging device to provide traction to the patient. Reversing the motor relieves the traction force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Inventors: Mark E. Lieber, John H. Petruch
  • Patent number: 5772612
    Abstract: A therapeutic method, for simultaneously stretching and lifting a user's lower back while the user is lying on his back on the ground, thereby relieving and preventing lower back pain. The device includes a frame which features a horizontally extending upper cross frame for accommodating the back of the user's knees. In use, the lower end of the frame contacts the ground and serves as a fulcrum. The device further includes a foot rest for accommodating the user's feet. The foot rest is mounted to the frame at a convenient point between the cross frame and the lower end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Inventor: Daniel Ilan
  • Patent number: 5772622
    Abstract: The body support harness (10) includes an outer strap supported belt (11) placed in the hem (19) of a support assembly (12). The apron (18) suspended between the straps (15 and 16) limits the rotation of the person to approximately 180.degree., so that the person can enter the harness in a standing, upright attitude (FIG. 7), and tilt himself to an inverted attitude (FIG. 8), with the apron (18) limiting movement beyond the legs achieving an upright attitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Inventor: John A. Friske
  • Patent number: 5730706
    Abstract: For the treatment of spinal damage in medical physiotherapy, the patient's spine is stressed via the pelvis by longitudinal forces on the legs in such a way that the setting of displaced spinal components is promoted and the muscles are strengthened. With this device the tensile forces are applied to the feet by spring components which are tensioned by means of cables from the movements of the pins of linear movement components driven by an electric motor. The frequency and amplitude of these tensile forces can be changed via a control unit and thus phase shifts between the forces acting on the legs can be adjusted. During the exercises the patient can adjust the exercise programme by actuating controls connected to the supporting grips. The success of the therapy can be improved by fitting heating elements in the backrest to provide heat treatment for the patient's muscles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1998
    Assignee: Krahnen GmbH
    Inventor: Dieter Garnies
  • Patent number: 5722941
    Abstract: A pneumatic ambulatory traction device comprises modular components that can be readily stowed at a facility or in a vehicle with minimum as-stowed space requirements and that can be readily and quickly assembled into a compact traction device usable at a facility, in a vehicle, at an accident site and the like to provide pneumatic traction force to a patient's body in a manner that can be controlled and varied as may be needed. The traction device comprises an elongated tubular housing connectable to a support, which may include an operating table or bed or a stretcher in a vehicle or at an accident site. A pneumatic cylinder is disposed in the housing and a piston is received in the cylinder and includes a piston rod movable in response to cylinder pressure to apply a traction force correlated to the cylinder pressure via a flexible cable connected to the piston rod and to a patient's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Inventor: Brian K. Hart
  • Patent number: 5718660
    Abstract: An exerciser includes a base supported on a support in a suitable inclined angle for supporting a user. An extension is slidably engaged in the base and has one end extended outward of the base and has a clamping device for clamping the feet of the user to the extension. A bracket is secured to the extension. A lever is pivotally coupled to the base and a handle is secured to the lever for rotating the lever. A cable couples the lever to the bracket for moving the extension outward of the base and and for pulling the feet of the user so as to straighten the spinal column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1998
    Assignee: Jin Chen Chuang
    Inventor: Paul Chen
  • Patent number: 5672157
    Abstract: A lumbar traction apparatus for applying traction to the back of a patient includes a frame structure, a winch support structure extending above the frame structure, a winch assembly having a hand crank mounted on the winch support structure, two harnesses for wrapping around the torso of the patient, tensioning cords extending from the winch assembly each to one of the two harnesses, so that rotating the hand crank on the winch assembly gathers both of these cords and thereby pulls the harnesses apart to create traction in the back of the patient. The frame structure preferably includes a connecting segment, a first arm segment substantially perpendicular and joined to the connecting segment, and a second arm segment substantially perpendicular and joined to the connecting segment and spaced apart from the first arm segment. The connecting segment is preferably formed of two telescoping portions for convenient assembly and disassembly of the frame structure for transport and storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1997
    Inventors: Shawn Gallagher, Timothy Brunelle
  • Patent number: 5667529
    Abstract: The invention is a physical therapy table having moveable sections allowing the patient to be placed in different physical positions as part of an individual physical therapy regimen wherein the patient himself applies and controls extension, traction and mobilization therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1997
    Inventor: Tarry Adair Butner
  • Patent number: 5662597
    Abstract: The gravity traction device comprises an inclined platform or table having an upper inclined surface for supporting a user's upper body or torso and a generally U-shaped, head receiving portion mounted to the platform adjacent an upper end thereof and having contoured surfaces for receiving and supporting a user's head and neck and a ridge with an adjacent lift surface for engaging against the occipital bone of the user's head received in the head receiving portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1997
    Assignee: Glacier Cross, Inc.
    Inventor: Ralph M. Chitwood
  • Patent number: 5658315
    Abstract: A lower limb traction system utilizes a perineal post for applying counter-traction and for stabilizing the patient's hips and a traction unit for supporting the leg and for maintaining traction in the leg. The traction unit is moveable along a substantially horizontal arcuate path defined by a circumferential guide and having a center of rotation that is selected to be concentric with the center of rotation location of the hip associated with the leg to be placed in traction. Abduction and adduction of a leg is achieved by moving the traction unit along the arcuate path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1997
    Assignee: Orthopedic Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve R. Lamb, Allan Epstein, Steve Orear
  • Patent number: 5653678
    Abstract: An apparatus for relieving symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome includes restraining the elbow of the patient from movement while applying a controllable tension to the wrist in a direction away from the elbow. The apparatus further includes a mechanism for rotating the wrist while the forearm is under tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1997
    Assignee: Paratech Industries, Inc.,
    Inventor: Paul F. Fulk
  • Patent number: 5637079
    Abstract: A self contained portable traction or back-stretch apparatus (11) comprising a frame assembly (13) with first tensile force application means in the form of two U-shaped members (15) for supporting a person under their arms, and a second tensile force application means (17 or 57) for supporting a person about their waist and hips. The frame assembly (13) is formed of two frames (19) comprising parallel elongate struts (21) and parallel elongate struts (23) connected about a pivot pin (25) in a scissor type relationship. Separation of the force application means (15 and 17 or 57) is limited by a resiliently stretchable mat (37) which also serves to support the weight of a person therebetween. The weight of the person supported in the traction apparatus results in a downward force on the frame assembly (13) which translates to a tensile force applied between the force application means (15 and 17 or 57) and effects traction, providing a degree of intervertebral separation in the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1997
    Inventor: Richard P. Miller
  • Patent number: 5632726
    Abstract: A device for mounting onto a traction machine having a base console, an elongated standard extending upward therefrom, and an elongated traction cable suspended vertically downward from the standard and having a free end connector. The device comprises an upper arm support plate, a wrist band, and an adjustable mounting sleeve. The wrist band is arranged to be releasably secured about one wrist of a person and connected to the connection means of the traction machine to be suspended therefrom. The upper arm support plate is an elongated member releasably secured by a bracket to the sleeve for supporting the upper arm of the person and includes an adjustable strap for extending about the upper arm of the person to releasably secure it in place on support plate. The adjustable sleeve is slidably mounting on the standard and includes releasable securement means, e.g., at least one set screw, for releasably securing it at any vertical position along the standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 27, 1997
    Inventors: Ronald M. Repice, Ronald M. Repice, II
  • Patent number: 5626540
    Abstract: An ambulatory traction system which is designed to provide decompressional forces to the lumbosacral spine, lower body and related connective tissues at varying speeds from static to ambulation speeds up to 12 MPH. The ambulatory traction system has an overhead support assembly for horizontal linear displacement and a novel harness assembly suspended from the overhead support assembly to support and suspend the patient's body. A variable ambulation speed system is provided beneath the harness assembly which allows the patient, while being suspended by the harness assembly, to stand, walk or run thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1997
    Inventor: Raymond F. Hall
  • Patent number: 5603677
    Abstract: A physical rehabilitation system is provided for improving the capability of a user to support the weight of the user's body on the user's limbs. The system comprises a walker frame capable of gliding movement across a surface, upper limb holding members on the walker frame adapted for engagement by the hands or arms of the user, and counterbalance weights on the walker frame releasably attachable to the user's body for assistance in lifting the user's body to an upright position. The counterbalance weights may be adjustable according to the need of the user. The width of the walker frame, of the upper limb holding members, and the height of the upper limb holding members are all adjustable to accommodate the size of the user. While the user is provided with a range of freedom with respect to the counterbalance weights, a safety limit is provided for restraining and supporting the user in the event of a fall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1997
    Inventor: Robert E. Sollo
  • Patent number: 5591208
    Abstract: An exercise frame for use by individuals with limited lower body muscle control utilizing a support frame having fore and aft ends a support member for receiving an extensible means attached to said fore end three upright support members attached to either side of said frame a seat frame work pivotally attached to said upright members, leg, hip, and chest pads attached to said fore end extensible means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1997
    Inventor: Jeffery N. Knutson
  • Patent number: 5575765
    Abstract: A traction apparatus and method for remodeling a human subject's spinal posture toward an ideal normal static spinal model includes a rectangular frame within which the subject is supported on a knee rest and a pelvic rest. A traction belt is placed around the subject's pelvis from behind and anchored to a rear vertical column of the frame. A shoulder harness is applied from behind and also anchored in the same manner. A traction belt is placed around the dorsolumbar region from the front, and secured to a front vertical column of the frame. A rigid curved fulcrum is placed behind the cervical spine from the front and secured to the front column, either directly or via a pulley mounted on a horizontal toprail of the frame. A head halter is applied over the forehead and under the chin from behind and is secured to the rear vertical column, either directly or via a pulley mounted on the horizontal toprail of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1996
    Inventor: Steven K. Foster