Body brace

  • US 5,451,200 A
  • Filed: 05/17/1994
  • Issued: 09/19/1995
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/17/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. An orthotic device in the form of a body brace to be worn on the torso of a patient for the correction of spinal abnormalities comprising:

  • a hard outer shell fabricated from a hard, low density copolymer thermoplastic,an inner liner encased by the shell,the inner liner being of laminated two ply construction and comprising a soft polyethylene low density inner ply adapted to contact the body of the patient and a harder more durable high density polyethylene foam outer ply fixed to the inner ply and disposed adjacent the inner surface of the hard outer shell,the outer shell and inner liner configured to conform to the torso of the patient with areas of the outer shell only being cut away to provide openings at strategic locations to achieve the desired control or correction of pressure sensitive areas, while the inner liner continues to provide patient support in those areas, andmeans for semi-permanently attaching the liner to the shell comprising thermoplastic locking rivets which extend through the shell and the liner and are receivable in thermoplastic locking rings on the shell for permitting easy separation of the liner from the shell for cleaning, repair or replacement and permitting cutting away of the outer shell to provide openings at strategic locations while retaining the integrity of the inner liner to achieve the desired support.

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