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Publication numberUS3096760 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 9, 1963
Filing dateOct 31, 1960
Priority dateOct 31, 1960
Publication numberUS 3096760 A, US 3096760A, US-A-3096760, US3096760 A, US3096760A
InventorsNelkin Henry G
Original AssigneeH G Entpr
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Sacroiliac support
US 3096760 A
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HENRY G. NELK/N United States Patent 3,096,760 SACROHLIAC SUPPORT Henry G. Nelkin, Kansas City, Mo., assignor to H.G. Enterprises, a co-partnership Filed Oct. 31, 1960, Ser. No. 66,038 3 Claims. (Cl. 128-95) My invention relates to sacroiliac supports, and more particularly to a quick adjusting sacroiliac support.

In order to support and relieve the pain of a severely sprained sacroiliac joint, a large amount of pressure is required to pull the hips together. With ordinary sacroiliac supports it is diflicult for the wearer to exert the necessary pressure required for this, and even after attaining the pressure by pulling on the pull straps, the pressure is often lost in the process of buckling the pull straps at the front of the body of the wearer. It is a purpose of my invention to avoid this difficulty in the adjustment of the sacroiliac support.

It is a particular purpose of my invention to provide an adjusting means that will produce the above referred to pressure, which is easy to operate, this being accomplished by avoiding the friction between the pull straps and the body of the sacroiliac support, that is ordinarily encountered when pull straps of the ordinary adjusting means are pulled tight.

It is a particular purpose of my invention to provide a sacroiliac support having a one-piece body portion of strong flexible fabric that has means for detachably securing the opposite ends of the body portion together in fixed overlapping relation at the front of the body of the wearer, which body portion has transverse folds therein, one being on each side of the middle of the body portion to provide a central bridging portion between the folds on which a sacroiliac pad is mounted and to pro vide means for drawing the pad inwardly toward the body of the wearer, comprising adjusting members that are secured to the body portion at each of the transverse folds and extend across the space between the folds, that are provided with loops on the free ends thereof through which straps extend, each of said straps having one end secured to the body portion in inwardly spaced relation to the fold on that side of the body portion, and which straps are secured together in adjusted position at the opposite ends thereof at the front of the body of the wearer.

By this mounting of the adjusting means with respect to the body portion of the sacroiliac support, an action somewhat similar to that of a pulley is obtained, as the pull straps pulling through the loops at the ends of the adjusting members secured to the body portion at the folds thereof and extending in opposite directions across the bridging portion between the folds can exert a very powerful force against the body portion of the sacroiliac support at opposite sides of the body of the wearer to pull the hips together and to draw the sacroiliac pad with considerable force against the body of the wearer without any very strong pull having to be exerted on the ends of the straps that are to be buckled together at the front of the sacroiliac support on the forward side of the body of the wearer. Furthermore this mounting of the adjusting means and pull straps therefor reduces the friction that ordinarily exists between an ordinary pull strap that is connected directly with such an adjusting member and the body portion of the sacroiliac support.

More specifically it is a purpose of my invention to provide a sacroiliac support of the above referred to character, in which the adjusting members have divergent end portions that are secured to the body portion at the transverse folds and which are secured to a single tab that is provided with a loop through which the above referred to pull strap extends, and said sacroiliac support is "ice further provided with stays at the folds and points of securement of the divergent ends of the adjusting member. Furthermore my sacroiliac support is provided with a transverse stay at each side thereof spaced forwardly a substantial distance from the fold on that side of the body portion at which the one end of the pull strap is secured, whereby the pulley-like action above referred to results when the pull straps are pulled upon at the front of the body portion as the sacroiliac support is being adjusted to the body of the wearer. This pulling action pulls the fold on one side of the body portion and the stay at which the end of the pull strap is secured on the other side of the body portion toward each other to provide for the quick adjustment of the sacroiliac support to exert the desired pressure on the body of the wearer.

Other objects and advantages of my invention will appear as the description of the drawings proceeds. I desire to have it understood, however, that I do not intend to limit myself to the particular details shown or described, except as defined in the claims.

In the drawings:

FIG. 1 is a plan view of my improved sacroiliac support.

FIG. 2 is a section taken on the line 2--2 of FIG. 1 on an enlarged scale, the parts being shown more widely separated than would be the case when the support is in position on the body, and

FIG. 3 is a perspective view of my improved sacroiliac support, showing the same in the position it would assume when the end portions thereof are connected together with the sacroiliac support extending around the body of the wearer.

Referring in detail to the drawings, my improved sacroiliac support comprises a one-piece woven fabric body portion 4, which has a central portion 5 that is of uniform width and which has substantially straight marginal edges 6. Said body portion is made of a woven fabric that is substantially inextensible. The upper marginal edge of the body portion has an upwardly curved portion 7 at each end thereof and the lower marginal edge of said body portion has a downwardly curved edge 8 at the opposite ends thereof. These edge portions 7 and 8 terminate in convexly curved edge portions 9 and a stay 10 is provided in the one end portion 11 of said body portion, the other end portion 12 overlapping the portion 11 when the two end portions are secured together at the front of the body of the wearer, and separable snap fasteners made up of the portions 13 and 14 are provided for securing the ends 11 and 12 of the body portion detachably in overlapped position. The marginal edges of said body portion are provided with a tape binding 15 for the purpose of making said body portion inextensible.

A fold is provided in the central portion 5 of the body portion on each side of the middle thereof, one of said folds being indicated by the numeral 16 and the other fold by the numeral 17. A stay 18 is provided extending transversely of the body portion at the fold 16 and a stay 19 is provided in the body portion at the fold 17, said stays being held in place by means of tapes 20 that are stitched to the body portion. Spaced from the stays 18 and 19 are the stays 21 and 22, which extend transversely of the body portion and are secured to the body portion by means of tapes 23 that are stitched to said body portion. Obliquely extending stays 24 are also provided on said body portion adjacent the forward ends thereof, these being secured in position by means of tapes 25 that are stitched to the body portion.

Mounted on the mid-portion of the sacroiliac support, which constitutes a bridging portion 26 extending between the folds 16 and 17, is an oval pad 27, which is fiat on the opposite faces thereof and is preferably made of sponge rubber. A fabric covering 28 is provided over the pad 27, and said pad and covering are secured to the bridging portion 26 by means of a tape binding 29, which is stitched to the bridging portion 26.

The adjusting means for said sacroiliac support comprises adjusting members of a V shaped character having diverging legs 30, 31, 32 and 33, the divergent ends of the one adjusting member having the legs 30 and 31 are secured to the body portion of the sacroiliac support at the fold 16 at which the transverse stay 13 is located, while the divergent ends of the portions 32 and 33 of the adjusting member having the legs 32 and 33 are secured to the body portion at the fold 17 at which the body portion is provided with a stay 19. Each of said adjusting members is provided with a tab secured to the converging ends of the V-shaped adjusting members, the tab provided on the converging ends of the adjusting members 30 and 31 being indicated by the numeral 34 and the tab secured to the converging ends of the adjusting members 32 and 33 being indicated by the numeral 35.

In practice, the strap that formsthe adjusting member having the legs 30 and 31 extends from the one divergent end thereof to the other divergent end thereof and is merely folded to provide the converging end thereof to provide a doubled portion having the two plies 36 and 37 and the tab is made up of a doubled piece of fabric, which has a doubled back portion at 38, which forms a pocket through which a transversely extending portion of an elongated metal loop extends, there being one of said loops for each of said adjusting members, the loop provided on the adjusting member having the leg portions 30 and 31 being indicated by the numeral 39 and the loop provided on the adjusting member having the leg portions 32 and 33 being indicated by the numeral 40.

An adjusting strap is provided on each side of the body portion of my sacroiliac support, the adjusting strap 41 being secured to the body portion at the transverse stay 21 at one end thereof and the adjusting strap 42 being secured at one end thereof at the transverse stay 22. The strap 41 extends slidably through the loop 40;and the strap 42 extends slidably through the loop 39. The free end of the strap 41 is provided with a buckle '43, which;is adapted to be attached to the strap 42 after adjustment of the support about the body of the wearer, and an elongated metal loop 44 is mounted on the strap 41, being slidably mounted thereon, and being adapted to embrace the free end of the strap 42 to hold said end in position as shown in FIG. 3. Y

When the sacroiliac support is put into position on the body of the wearer, it is first fastened together at the front thereof by engagement of the snap fastenerportions 13 with the portions 14 thereof in the usual manner.; Pull is then exerted on the straps 41 and 42, the strap 42 being pulled through the buckle 43 on the strap 41 until the desired tight fit of the sacroiliac support about the body of the wearer is attained, after which the prongs 45 on the buckle 43 are forced through the strap 42 to hold it in adjusted position. In exerting a pull on the straps 41 and 42 the strap 42 pulls on the body portion at the stay 22 and on the adjusting members 30 and 31 to pull on the body portion also at the stay 18, thus tending to reduce the distance between the stays 18 and 22. Similarly, the strap 41 pulls on the stay 21 and on the adjusting members 32 and 33, pulling on the stay 19, thus tending to reduce the distance between the stays 21 and 19. As a result,

the stays 18 and 19 are pulled toward each other to press the pad 27 tightly against the body of the wearer, and the stays 21 and 22 are pulled tightly against the body of the wearer on opposite sides thereof, whereby the desired pressure of the pad 27 against the back of the wearer and the pulling of the hips-together is accomplished. Due to the provision of the loops 39 and 40 the forces exerted on the straps 41 and 42 by the pull of the wearer at the front of the body is substantially doubled at the mounting of'the adjusting members 30 and 31 at the fold 16 and 4 of the adjusting members 32 and 33 at the fold 17, with the result that these folds are drawn toward each other as shown in FIG. 2, leaving the excess of the bridging portion 26 folded between the body portion of the sacroiliac support and the body of the wearer, as indicated at 46 in FIG. 2.

What I claim is:

l. A sacroiliac support having a one-piece body portion of strong flexible fabric, means for detachably securing the opposite ends of said body portion together in fixed overlapping relation to encircle the body of the wearer, said body portion having a transverse fold on each side of the middle thereof, a pad mounted on said body portion between said transverse folds, adjusting members each comprising a pair of diverging portions of fixed length, said diverging portions having the divergent ends thereof secured to said body portion in fixed position at each of said transverse folds, said adjusting members extending across the space .between said transverse folds, loops secured in fixed position on the ends of said adjusting members remote from said secured ends, and straps each secured in fixed position at one end to said body portion between one overlapping end thereof and a transverse fold and extending slidably through one of said loops, the other ends of saidstraps being adjustably secured together at the overlapping ends of said body portion.

2. A sacroiliac support having a one-piece body portion of strong flexible fabric, means for detachably securing the opposite ends of said body portion together in fixed overlapping relation to encircle the body of the wearer, said body portion having a transverse fold on each side of the middle thereof, a stay mounted on said body por tion at each of said folds each in fixed position relative to one of said folds, a transverse stay. on each side of said body portion in spaced relation to said transverse fold and an end of said body portion and means [for simultaneously pulling the transverse fold on each side of the body portion toward the transverse stay that is spaced from the fold on the other side of the body portion.

3. A sacroiliac support :having a one p-iece body portion of strong flexible fabric, means for detachably securing the opposite ends of said body portion together in fixed overlapping relation to encircle the body of the wearer with said overlapping ends at the front of the body, said body portion having a transverse fold on each side of the middle thereof to provide a central bridging portion between said folds at the back of the body, a pad mounted on said central bridging portion, a stay mounted on said body portion at each of said folds, a transverse stay on each side of said body portion in forwardly spaced [relation to said transverse fold, adjusting members each comprising a pair of diverging portions of fixed length, said diverging portions having the divergent ends thereof secured to said body portion in fixed position at each of said transverse folds, said adjusting members extending across the outer side of said bridging portion in opposite directions, loops secured in fixed position on the ends of said adjusting members opposite said secured ends and a strap on each side of said body portion secured in fixed position thereto at one end thereof at said transverse stay and extending slidably through one of said loops, the other ends of said straps being adjustably secured together at the forward side of the body of the wearer.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification128/95.1
International ClassificationA61F5/02
Cooperative ClassificationA61F5/028
European ClassificationA61F5/02G