US Patent No: 6,689,082

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Traction device

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Abstract

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An ambulatory traction device includes two support belts configured to be positioned around a portion of a user's body and one or more lifting mechanisms. Each lifting mechanism is coupled between the support belts and operable to apply a decompressive force to the portion of the user's body when the support belts are positioned around the user's body.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
AMEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.WILMINGTON, DE42

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Luce, Allan D Shakopee, MN 12 42
Reinecke, Steven M Dallas, TX 25 63
Strehlke, Mark J New Germany, MN 12 44
Sydor, Robin Saint Paul, MN 8 22

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
RICHARDS/DILLON, INC. (1)
5,207,635 Orthopedic device for providing lower back support 27 1992
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (17)
4,552,135 Lumbar belt 46 1984
4,599,998 Adjustable polycentric orthopedic appliance hinge 61 1984
4,715,362 Ambulatory lumbo-sacral traction systems and methods 40 1986
4,702,235 Therapeutic inflatable lumbar brace having a heater 83 1986
* 4,721,102 Traction device 21 1986
4,685,668 Weightlifting belt 34 1986
4,884,562 Suspension brace assembly 24 1986
4,907,575 Ambulatory lumbar traction device 16 1988
4,991,572 Lumbar traction device 31 1989
4,991,573 Orthopedic support belt 56 1990
5,382,226 Inflatable cervical traction and exercising device 48 1993
5,363,863 Lumbar support belt 40 1993
5,462,518 Therapeutic spinal traction apparatus and multipurpose exercise systems and methods 48 1994
5,651,764 Portable apparatus for reforming spine 32 1996
* 5,681,267 Arrangement for joining/separating distal orthotic device to/from pelvic interface 25 1996
5,916,188 Device for a stretch corset and a neck stretcher 19 1997
* 6,146,345 Belt-like support device for a part of the human body 24 1998
 
BECKER ORTHOPEDIC APPLIANCE COMPANY (1)
5,060,640 Knee brace 32 1990
 
MEDICAL SPECIALTIES, INC. (1)
5,722,940 Industrial back support 29 1996
 
MEDISOL USA, INC. (1)
5,256,135 Thoracic-lumbar-sacral corrective orthosis ("TLSO") corrective back supporting brace and chair side support buttress 30 1992
 
FISHER SCIENTIFIC COMPANY, A CORP. OF DE (2)
4,622,957 Therapeutic corset 73 1984
4,682,588 Compound force therapeutic corset 96 1985
 
FARFAN, AURELIE F. (1)
* 4,691,696 Lumbar spinal brace 21 1985
 
DAIMLER-BENZ AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT (1)
4,497,517 Motor vehicle seat 30 1982
 
OSSUR HF (1)
5,062,414 Simplified orthopaedic back support 156 1990
 
MEDASSIST-OP, INC. (1)
6,099,490 Support brace 40 1998
 
Life Support, Inc. (1)
4,898,185 Back traction device for use with chairs 34 1989
 
You Co., Ltd. (1)
* 5,913,410 Orthopedic belt for pelvis 26 1998
 
EHOB INCORPORATED (1)
5,111,807 Back belt 36 1990
 
RS MEDICAL (1)
5,441,479 Cervical traction device 40 1993
 
SMITH TRUSS COMPANY, THE (1)
5,188,586 Back support belt 53 1991
 
UNITED STATES MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LLC (1)
5,403,266 Inflatable cervical traction collar 44 1993
 
BIO CYBERNETICS INTERNATIONAL (1)
5,437,617 Electromechanical back brace apparatus 44 1994
 
AMEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
* 5,724,993 Inflatable spinal traction device 15 1995
 
O-Motus, Inc. (1)
5,144,943 Dynamic ankle splint 31 1990
 
S.A. Arlux (1)
4,559,933 Orthopaedic lumbo-sacral corset with semi-rigid elements and inflatable pads 61 1983
 
IMPACTO PROTECTIVE PRODUCTS INC. (1)
4,836,194 Therapeutic lumbosacral appliance 92 1987
 
E&B EXERCISE LLC (1)
5,586,969 Reversible support belt 42 1995
 
HEINZE, JACQUELINE A. (1)
* 5,690,609 Compound abdominal and back support belt system 40 1996
* Cited By Examiner

Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
HENDRICKS ORTHOTIC PROSTHETIC ENTERPRISES, INC. D/B/A HOPE ORTHOPEDIC (1)
8,808,213 Mechanically advantaged spinal system and method 0 2011
 
AMEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (2)
* 6,997,892 Ambulatory cyclic traction device 4 2003
* 7,276,038 Field adjustable traction device 2 2003
 
Dunfee & Dunfee, LLC (1)
7,445,608 Ambulatory spinal unloading method and apparatus 5 2005
 
MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY INC. (1)
8,328,742 Adjustable orthopedic back brace 1 2010
* Cited By Examiner

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