Adjustable brace apparatus

  • US 8,864,695 B2
  • Filed: 04/04/2011
  • Issued: 10/21/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/04/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. An adjustable brace apparatus comprising:

  • a pair of elongate first and second wings configured for wrapping about and substantially conforming to a portion of a body of a user;

    an adjustment sleeve configured for slidably receiving a first end of each of the first and second wings through opposing ends of the adjustment sleeve, the first ends capable of selectively overlapping atop one another therewithin;

    a tightening means slidably engaged and suspended within the adjustment sleeve, the tightening means comprising;

    a first tightening segment removably engagable with an outer surface of the first wing;

    a second tightening segment removably engagable with an outer surface of the second wing;

    an at least one cord operatively connected to the first and second tightening segments; and

    a plurality of substantially perpendicular tightening posts mounted within each of the first and second tightening segments, with the at least one cord running around a tightening post on each tightening segment in alternation for providing a mechanical force advantage when pulled by the user, dependent upon the number of tightening posts mounted within each tightening segment, to draw the first and second wings closer against the user'"'"'s body portion; and

    an opposing free second end of each of the first and second wings providing a means for removable engagement with one another;

    whereby, during use of the apparatus, with the first ends of each of the first and second wings slidably inserted into the opposing ends of the adjustment sleeve and overlapped as necessary so as to substantially approximate a circumference of the user'"'"'s body portion, and with the tightening means removably engaged with the first and second wings, the user is able to selectively position and wrap the first and second wings around the user'"'"'s body portion, engage the free second ends, and selectively pull the at least one cord of the tightening means to create further compression.

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