Accession Number : ADD016411

Title :   Three Point Extension Splint to Treat Flexion Contractures About Limb Synovial Hinge Joints.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 2 Nov 92, patented 17 May 94,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Santana, Joseph M

Report Date : 17 May 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : A three point extension splint device for correcting flexion contractures about limb synovial hinge joints. The splint device comprises a proximal contact means for contacting the proximal portion of an extremity above the flexion crease of a synovial joint and a distal contact means for contacting the distal portion of an extremity below the flexion crease of a synovial hinge joint. A springy, resilient bridge joins the proximal and distal extremity contact means. These three parts form a anterior assembly. A cupping means that forms the posterior assembly protects the bony prominence of the joint. An adjustable, releasable, strapping means joins the springy, resilient bridge to the cupping means to produce a downward, and centrifugal force in both extremity contact means proportionate to the amount of force exerted by the strapping means thereby causing a myofascial release by the longitudinal stretch of the major muscle and tendon extensions parallel to the long axis of the limb toward the synovial hinge joint while the superficial tissues are stretched in the opposite direction.

Descriptors :   *BIOINSTRUMENTATION, *JOINTS(ANATOMY), *EXTREMITIES, ASSEMBLY, BRIDGES, CENTRIFUGAL FORCE, HINGES, MUSCLES, TENDONS, REHABILITATION, PHYSICAL THERAPY, EXERCISE(PHYSIOLOGY), ORTHOPEDICS, PATENTS

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Biomedical Instrumentation and Bioengineering
      Anatomy and Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE