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Publication numberUS3522802 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 4, 1970
Filing dateDec 7, 1966
Priority dateDec 7, 1966
Publication numberUS 3522802 A, US 3522802A, US-A-3522802, US3522802 A, US3522802A
InventorsWalter Morton
Original AssigneeWalter Morton
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Traction apparatus
US 3522802 A
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1 m1 m l 1 11m States 11 [1113 52 2 [72] Inventor: Walter Morton 2,660,999 12/1953 Thornton 128/71X 3525 Fleury, Mississauga, Ontario, 2,950,715 8/1960 Brobeck 128/71 Canada 1,908,906 /1933 Loeb 128/561 Application N04 599,912 2,778,358 l/l957 Keles 128/78 Filedi 7,1966 2,372,034 3/1 45 Versoy 128/96 Patentedi g- 3,108,587 /1963 Das 128/75 3,114,366 2/1963 Maychark 128/75 6,684 4/1965 Walsh 128/75 541 TRACTION APPARATUS 10 Claims 6 Drawing Figs. Primary Examiner Richard A. Gaudet Assistant Examiner- J. Yasko [52] US. Cl. 111224775], A"0mey Barnes Kisseue, Raisch and Choate [51] Int. Cl. A6111 l/02 [50] Field ofsearch 128/75,

1, 100-1 12.56 ABSTRACT: A method and apparatus for applying traction wherein traction force is applied to the outermost and upper- [56] Reffrrences Cited most portions of the pelvis in a direction generally toward the UNITED STATES PATENTS feet of the patient and toward the longitudinal center line of 1,280,987 10/1918 Gregory 128/71 the patient.

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Patented Aug. 4, 1970 3,522,802

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WALT ER MORTON U.S. PATENT 3,522,802 TRACTION APPARATUS This invention relates to tient.

It has heretofore been suggested that for various diseases and con the application of traction to a pa- In the drawings:

FIG. l is a plan view ofa patient positioned in the apparatus embodying the invention.

FIG. 2 is a side elevational view of the apparatus shown in FIG. 1.

FIG. 3 is a fragmentary plan view of the traction belt por tion ofthe apparatus.

FIG. 4 is a fragmentary plan view ofa modified form oftraction belt.

FIG. 5 is a fragmentary-sectional view on an enlarged scale taken along the line 5-5 in FIG. 3.

FIG. 6 is a fragmentary sectional view taken along the line 6-6 in FIG. 3.

Referring to FIGS. l and 2 the invention is adapted to be used for applying traction to a patient P when he is reclining on a bed 10 or similar support. Basically, a traction belt 11 is worn by the patient and the traction forces are supplied by a weight 12 which is connected to a rope l3 trained over a pulley 15 that is mounted on the bed. In accordance with the inon an enlarged scale pendicular to the upper and outer portions of the pelvis and there is less tendency for slipping.

More specifically, as shown in FIG. 3 the belt comprises 2 extends across the small of the back and has pockets 16 in which stiffeners of whale bone, steel or the belt portions 18 extend across the waist while the lower belt portions 19 extend across the upper portions of the hips.

pad rest IS tightened to provide the greatest comfort for the patient.

In the form of the invention shown in FIG. 4, traction belt 35 is made so that it extends across the waist only and does not have an abdomen encircling portion. Specifically, the belt in- I claim: 1. In an apparatus for applying traction to tient, the combination comprising a belt having a back portion and bifurcated body encircling front portions, one said bifurcated front a reclining paportion of the belt adapted to extend across the waist of the torso of the patient, the other said bifurcated front portion of the belt adapted to extend across the abdomen of the patient, pressure pads,

means for supporting pads on the side of said upper portions of said belt, the upper portion of the belt adapted to support said pressure pads generally in overlying relation to the uppermost and outermost portions of the pelvis, force applying straps connected to said pad, one of said straps adapted to extend from its respective pad across the front of the wearer, the other of said straps adapted to extend from tive pad across the rear of the wearer, a spacer bar, the ends of said straps being connected to said spacer bar for positioning along the longitudinal center line of the patient,

its respecand means for applying a force to said spacer bar in a direction extending longitudinally of the patient.

2. The combination set forth in Claim 1 wherein said means for applying a force comprises weight and pulley means connected to said spacer bar and adapted to be supported by the bed or similar device on which the patient is reclining.

3. The combination set forth in Claim 1 wherein each said pad is slidingly connected to its respective front portion.

4. The combination set forth in Claim 1 wherein the side of each one said front portion is of substantially lesser width than the front of each said front portion.

5. The combination set forth in Claim 1 wherein each one said front portion is of lesser width than each other said front portion.

6. The combination set forth in Claim 1 wherein the back portion of said belt is vertically reinforced.

7. In an apparatus for applying traction to a reclining patient, the combination comprising a belt having a back portion and body encircling front portion adapted to extend across the waist of the torso of the patient,

a pair ofpressure pads,

each said pad being slidingly connected to the side of said portion of the belt for supporting the pressure pad generally in overlying relation to the uppermost and outermost portion of the pelvis, force applying straps slidingly connected to said pad, one portion of each of said straps adapted to extend from its respective pad across the front ofthe wearer, the other portion of each of said straps adapted to extend from its respective pad across the rear of the wearer. a spacer bar, the ends of said straps being connected to said spacer bar for positioning along the longitudinal center line of the patient, and means for applying force to said spacer bar adapted to extend longitudinally of the patient. 8. The combination set forth in Claim 7 wherein said means for applying a force comprises weight and pulley means connected to said spacer bar and adapted to be supported by the bed or similar device on which the patient is reclining. 9. The combination set forth in Claim 7 wherein each said pad is slidingly connected to its respective front portion.

10. The combination set forth in Claim 7 wherein the side of each one said front portion is of substantially lesser width than the front of each said front portion.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification602/36
International ClassificationA61H1/02
Cooperative ClassificationA61H1/0218, A61H2201/163
European ClassificationA61H1/02D