FR2596980A1 - Flexible bracelet for treating epicondylalgia - Google Patents

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FR2596980A1
FR2596980A1 FR8605480A FR8605480A FR2596980A1 FR 2596980 A1 FR2596980 A1 FR 2596980A1 FR 8605480 A FR8605480 A FR 8605480A FR 8605480 A FR8605480 A FR 8605480A FR 2596980 A1 FR2596980 A1 FR 2596980A1
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61FFILTERS IMPLANTABLE INTO BLOOD VESSELS; PROSTHESES; DEVICES PROVIDING PATENCY TO, OR PREVENTING COLLAPSING OF, TUBULAR STRUCTURES OF THE BODY, e.g. STENTS; ORTHOPAEDIC, NURSING OR CONTRACEPTIVE DEVICES; FOMENTATION; TREATMENT OR PROTECTION OF EYES OR EARS; BANDAGES, DRESSINGS OR ABSORBENT PADS; FIRST-AID KITS
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    • A61F13/10Bandages or dressings; Absorbent pads specially adapted for fingers, hands, or arms; Finger-stalls; Nail-protectors
    • A61F13/107Bandages or dressings; Absorbent pads specially adapted for fingers, hands, or arms; Finger-stalls; Nail-protectors for wrist support ; Compression devices for tennis elbow (epicondylitis)
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<P> THE OBJECT OF THE INVENTION IS ATTACHED TO THE TECHNICAL SECTOR OF BANDAGES IN GENERAL. </P> <P> THE BRACELET INCLUDES A NON-ELASTIC SECTION SUPPORTING AN ORTHESIS 8 MONOBLOC, SAID ORTHESIS BEING AGENCY AND MORPHOLOGICALLY PROFILE WITH ON THE ONE HAND, A BOMBED PROFILE 8-1 CONSTITUTING A PELOT OF PUNCTUAL SUPPORT ON THE TENDON OF THE EPICONDYLIAN MUSCLES AND ON THE OTHER HAND WITH A RELIEF 8-2 ADJACING TO THE SAME PELOTE ESTABLISHED ACCORDING TO A PARTICULAR PROFILE AND S ' INTEGRATED AFTER POSITIONING IN THE RADIAL GUTTER NATURALLY FORMED AT THE POSTERIOR AND EXTERNAL FACE OF THE ELBOW, THE RELIEF CONSTITUTING AN ANATOMICAL REFERENCE AND SERVING THE PRE-CENTERING OF THE BRACELET BEFORE PUNCTUAL SUPPORT ON THE TENDON PENDANT. </P>

Description

 The invention relates to a flexible bracelet for the treatment of epicondylalgia.

 Epicondylalgia is a pain appearing at. level of the epicondyle due, in most cases, to excessive use of the extensor muscles of the fingers and wrist.

It is recalled that the muscles have a common attachment to the external face of the elbow on a tuberosity called epicondyle belonging to the lower end of the humerus
The flexor muscles of the fingers and wrist have a common attachment at the elbow to a tuberosity on the inner side of the end of the humerus called the epitrchlee. When a subject grips an object with a cylindrical or neighboring section, oval, polygonal and the like, as is the case, for example for gripping a tool such as a hammer or a racket of In tennis, the muscles + lechers and extensors of the fingers and wrist securely hold the handle and lock the wrist in the correct position. These particularly contracted muscles form a hard muscular whole along which the vibrations generated by the instrument held in hand, will be transmitted all the more important as the hardness of the muscular system will also be. The vibrations will only be absorbed by the obstacle created anatomically by the epicondyle (bone mass) at the level of the tendon attachment of the epicondylar muscles. Two kinds of mechanical constraints will therefore be imposed:
- on the one hand, a tensile stress on the tendon attachment produced by the contraction of the epicondylar muscles (wrist - finger extensors),
- on the other hand, a vibrational stress.

 When these constraints exceed the possibilities of mechanical resistance of the tendon and in particular of its attachment to the bone. there is an inflammatory reaction called epicondylitis which is very painful at the level of the epicondyle and which can radiate on the extensor muscles of the wrist and fingers. It is one of the mechanisms triggering epicondylalgia.

 It is therefore desirable to achieve a reduction in these stresses, either by reducing the vibratory effect, or by reducing the east of traction on the bony attachment of the epicondylar tendon.

 To try to bring a solution and alleviate the pain, it is recognized that a local compression of the same as a firm and maintained compression in regard to a painful area causes an analgesic effect in general.

 thus various types of flexible bracelets have been put on the market in an attempt to respond to the problem posed and to provide the patient with an appropriate therapeutic effect.

 The applicant is, for example, the holder of patent application FR 84.13398 concerning an elbow pad for the treatment of epicondylalgia. This elbow pad has a bracelet surrounding the forearm and fitted with in particular a rounded pad made of compressible and elastic material, the apex of which is suitable for being pressed with moderate and regular pressure on and in the vicinity of the proximal end of the epicondylar muscles. .

 We also know, under the prior art, US Pat. No. 3,970,081 which defines a flexible bracelet ensuring a large bearing surface on the muscles without there being a pressure effect at a more particular place. .

 US Patent 4,441,496 defines a flexible bracelet coming into contact with the area of the muscles to be treated by a large bearing force, thereby reducing the analgesic effects.

 The applicant also knows the patent FR 2,360,300 which defines a rigid bracelet which is supported on the forearm only by two wide and opposite support zones.

In practice, the bracelets proposed according to the prior art are not satisfactory either because the bearing area considered is too wide and the effect is considerably reduced except when exerting considerable pressure forces, or by the fact that '' It is always difficult to locate the location of the pad on the muscle and always keep it in the correct position
It should also be emphasized that the bracelets according to the prior art are awkward to wear, in particular at the level of the fold of the fore-arm, inflammation frequently occurs.

 The aim sought after according to the invention was therefore to design a new bracelet particularly suitable for the treatment of 1-epicondylalgia allowing its rigorous positioning so that the top point of the pad or support ball is exactly placed and punctually in relation to the pro xial tendon of the extensor muscles of the fingers and wrist, ie from the epicondylar ligament.

 The solution provided by the invention satisfactorily meets the desired goal. it brings into play a new concept which allows the exact morphological application of the pe lote or pad on the place to be treated.

According to a first characteristic of the invention, the bracelet comprises a non-elastic section serving as a support for a one-piece orthosis, said orthosis being arranged and shaped morphologically with on the one hand a convex profile constituting a point-like support pad on the tendon of the epicodyline muscles and on the other hand with a relief adjacent to said ball established according to a particular profile and integrating after positioning in the radial groove formed naturally on the posterior and external face of the elbow, said relief constituting an anatomical landmark and serving for the centering beforehand of the bracelet before punctual support of the ball on said tendon
These characteristics and others will emerge from the following description.

To fix the object of the invention to the figures of the appended drawing where
- Figure 1 is a perspective view of a bracelet according to 1 inventions
FIGS. 2 and st are seen in section along lines II-II and 111-111 of FIG. 1,
FIG. 4 is a sectional view illustrating the application of the bracelet to the forearm,
FIG. 5 is a view schematically illustrating the bracelet being applied to the forearm of a user,
FIG. 6 is a large-scale view showing the position of the pad or ball on the tendon of the epidondi muscles,
- Figure 7 is an alternative embodiment of the bracelet.

 Referring to the figures of the drawing, the bracelet is composed of a knitted band (1) which is elastic essentially and mainly in its longitudinal direction to adapt perfectly to different morphologies of the most diverse users. This strip has a first substantially straight lower longitudinal border (or with a slight undulation and a second upper border (1-2) profiled with a notch (1-3> the aim of which is not to limit by discomfort or discomfort the extreme flexion of the forearm on the arm.

This band (1) completely surrounds the proximal quarter of the forearm.

 According to a first non-limiting possibility for ensuring the holding and the maintenance of the bracelet on the forearm, one of the ends (2) of the band (1) is arranged to constitute a tab for attaching the bracelet and comprises a first zone (2-1) adjacent and secured to said strip. This pre-poor area is extended by a second area (2-2) said areas being arranged with hook-and-loop fastening means of the type of those known in the trade under the brands VELCRO or CRIC-CRAC. Advantageously, the zone (2-1) includes buckles and the next zone (2-2) has hooks.

 The other end of the strip is arranged with a non-elastic section (3) separated from the previous one by a seam (4) and at the end with a loop (5) receiving a loop (6) thus ensuring insertion and turning the fastening tab (2). There is also provided on the knitted strip (1) itself, one or more parallel complementary strips (7) or equivalent fixing points in looped fabric capable of cooperating with the zone (2-2) with hooks to adapt the diameter of the bracelet and therefore its tightening to the size of the user's forearm.

 According to an essential characteristic of the invention, the bracelet is arranged with a non-elastic section (3) serving as a support for a one-piece orthosis (8) made of flexible material such as, without limitation, a latex foam.

This orthosis is joined by sewing or otherwise to said section 3 if it is very long or overflowing onto a complementary fabric support If necessary.

 This orthosis includes a convex profile <8-1) representing a ball or pad, with a flexible deformation capacity to ensure a punctual support on the tendon of the epicondylar muscles. In addition, and in a complementary and essential way, there is formed on said orthosis a molded relief forming a long or thin rib or boss morphologically shaped capable of adapting additionally in the radial gutter or small depression formed naturally on the posterior face. and external of the elbow. Said relief (8-2) also having a certain capacity for deformation or compressibility is thus adjacent to the support ball and integrates perfectly into the aforementioned gutter thus constituting an anatomical landmark. This relief is judiciously oriented on the orthosis in such a way that after positioning, the ball is placed precisely in abutment on the tendon of the epicondylar muscles. This relief thus allows self-centering of the bracelet beforehand. In addition, when the latter surrounds the forearm for the treatment of the epicondylalge, its position cannot be modified without there being an adjustment of position. relief in the gutter. The positioning of the bracelet is preferably carried out when the arm is in extension, causing the profile of the gutter to appear as best as possible in order to adapt to it as best as possible.

 FIG. 5 illustrates the application of the bracelet to the elbow of a user. In particular, it can be seen by the arrows that the relief (8.2) comes to morphologically adapt in the droplet (6), while the ball (8.I) comes to bear on the tendon (T) of the epicondylar muscles.

Figure 6 we have represented by (R) the radius, (C) the ulna, (M) the epicondylar muscles, (T) the tendon of the epicondylar muscles and (E) the epicondyle, and (H) the lower part of the humerus
According to another embodiment illustrated in FIG. 7, the bracelet (9) is produced continuously to form an elastic tubular assembly (9-1) over a large part of its circumference and a non-elastic zone (9-2) on which s 'will adapt the orthosis (8) as defined above.

The morphological orthoses thus conceived are gone
particularly advantageous and ensure good brace resistance
let.

 The bracelet, thanks to the controlled arrangement of its elastic ball facing the proximal tendon of the extensor muscles of the fingers and wrist, before their insertion on the epicondyle, ensures a particularly effective anti-vibration effect and brings together the analgesic qualities that performs elastic compression and pointed and transverse massages during movements of the elbow.

The bracelet according to the invention is particularly
suitable for the treatment of epicondylalgia in athletes
and especially those who play tennis.

 The invention is in no way limited to that of its modes of application any more than to those of the embodiments of its various parts which have been more particularly indicated; on the contrary, it embraces all its variants.

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  1. - I - Flexible bracelet for the treatment of epicondylalgia, of the type comprising an elastic support band fl surrounding the proximal quarter of the forearm completely, adapting and being held firmly in place around the forearm arm, characterized in that the bracelet comprises a non-elastic section serving as a support for an orthosis (monoblock, said orthosis being arranged and shaped morphologically with on the one hand, a convex profile (8-1) constituting a ball of punctual support on the tendon of the epicondylar muscles and on the other hand with a relief (8-2) adjacent to said ball established according to a particular profile and integrating after positioning in the radial groove formed naturally on the posterior and external face of the elbow , said relief constituting an anatomical reference and serving for the prior centering of the bracelet before punctual pressing of the ball on said tendon.
    - Bracelet according to claim 1 characterized in that the orthosis (B) is made of flexible material such as latex foam and offers a capacity for compression and elastic deformation.
     bracelet according to claim 1 characterized in that the orthosis is attached and fixed by sewing or otherwise on said non-elastic section.
    - 4 - Bracelet according to claim 1, characterized in that it is held in place by a closure comprising a loop and ders means of attachment and hook-and-loop connection.
    - 5 - Bracelet according to claim s characterized in that it is made continuously by forming a tubular assembly.
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US4966137A (en) * 1989-09-19 1990-10-30 Davini Mark A Splint system
DE4103383A1 (en) * 1991-02-05 1992-08-06 Beiersdorf Ag Elbow bandage consisting of tubular body - is made of knitted or woven fabric, is automatically shaped, and surrounds elbow like cap, giving targetted muscular pressure
US5171310A (en) * 1989-07-17 1992-12-15 Chisena Ernest C Method and apparatus for treating fractures of long bones
DE4336545A1 (en) * 1993-10-26 1995-04-27 Werner Zehrer Epicondylitis bandage
EP0873736A3 (en) * 1997-04-21 2000-08-30 Bauerfeind Orthopädie GmbH &amp; Co. KG Epikondylitis brace
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FR2358872A1 (en) * 1976-07-21 1978-02-17 Schmidt & Co Karl J G Bandage
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US4299214A (en) * 1980-01-14 1981-11-10 Sweitzer Robert R Cuff for the relief of tennis elbow and the like
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EP0375809A1 (en) * 1988-12-27 1990-07-04 Macintosh N.V. Elbow bandage
US5171310A (en) * 1989-07-17 1992-12-15 Chisena Ernest C Method and apparatus for treating fractures of long bones
US4966137A (en) * 1989-09-19 1990-10-30 Davini Mark A Splint system
USRE34627E (en) * 1989-09-19 1994-05-31 Davini; Mark A. Splint system
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EP0873736A3 (en) * 1997-04-21 2000-08-30 Bauerfeind Orthopädie GmbH &amp; Co. KG Epikondylitis brace
US7951104B2 (en) 2007-11-13 2011-05-31 Rodgers Jr James Bowmar Brace for arm or elbow region including angularly-displaced muscle/tendon engaging portions
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