Patella alignment device
- Type(s): Medical Equipment
- Inventor(s): Hoffman; Maxine (Dayton, OH), Doepker; Philip (Dayton, OH), Mitchell; Austin (Pittsburgh, PA), Northridge; Jessica Marie (Xenia, OH), Petit; Daniel James (Wooster, OH)
- Patent Number: 12/944,613
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One embodiment of the invention is a knee (or elbow) band assembly 100 that has a pocket assembly 106 containing a flexible pad 200 with rounded surfaces 112b, 116b separated by a valley 114b. The band assembly 100 is applied to a leg below the knee or to an arm above the elbow to improve body alignment and function and to relieve pain. The rounded surfaces 112a, 116a apply pressure to the limb to aid in alignment of the patellar or triceps tendons and to activate pressure points on the skin to stimulate the release of tension in the body and to stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. Placement of the band assembly 100 on the arm(s) and leg(s) of children with cerebral palsy decreases flexion (bent) holding patterns and allows for better arm and leg extension for improved walking and arm and hand use. It can decrease ataxic (uncoordinated) movements by stabilizing the knee and elbow joints.