Ossur hf has been granted a patent for an orthopedic device that includes a textile panel with interior and exterior surfaces. The device features a stabilizer assembly with a tubular welt sewn or knitted within the textile panel, allowing for adjustability and securement. The device also includes different degrees of stretchability in its restrictive bands and a non-stretch region designed to apply a load on the skin, bone, and soft tissue of the knee and leg. GlobalData’s report on Ossur hf gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Orthopedic device with stretchable bands and non-stretch region

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Ossur hf

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11766347B2) describes an orthopedic device designed to provide support and stability to the knee and leg. The device consists of a tubular sleeve made from a textile panel, with a series of restrictive bands of varying stretchability. The first band has no stretchability, the second band has intermediate stretchability, and the third band is more stretchable than the second band.

The textile panel also includes a non-stretch region that is rigid and is positioned to apply a load onto the skin of the user, as well as the underlying bone and soft tissue of the knee and leg. This non-stretch region is strategically placed to correspond to the patellar ligament and continues along the lateral border of the patella, extending up the upper leg when the device is worn.

Additionally, the orthopedic device may include graded rigid regions that extend outward on both sides of the non-stretch region. These graded rigid regions are generally stretchable, providing additional support and stability to the knee and leg.

The unique design of this orthopedic device aims to provide targeted support and stability to the knee and leg by utilizing different degrees of stretchability in the restrictive bands and incorporating a non-stretch region. By applying a load onto the skin and underlying structures, the device may help alleviate pain and discomfort associated with knee and leg injuries or conditions.

The inclusion of graded rigid regions further enhances the support provided by the device, allowing for controlled movement while still maintaining stability. This orthopedic device has the potential to be a valuable tool in the field of orthopedics, offering a customizable and effective solution for individuals in need of knee and leg support.

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