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1. (WO2018106679) CONTROLLED TENSION DEVICE FASTENING DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/106679    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/064696
Publication Date: Fri Jun 15 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Wed Dec 06 00:59:59 CET 2017
IPC: A61F 5/01
A61F 5/02
Applicants: UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE RESEARCH FOUNDATION
Inventors: DIANGELO, Denis, J.
BATEMAN, Cody
CHUNG, Chloe
Title: CONTROLLED TENSION DEVICE FASTENING DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS
Abstract:
Devices, systems, and methods for maintain a preselected tension between a first portion and a second portion of an orthotic brace include a controlled tension unit comprising a housing coupled to a first portion of the orthotic brace, the housing having a cavity formed therein, one or more constant-force spring mounted at or near a first end of the cavity, and a connector cable having a first end connected to an end of the one or more constant-force spring and a second end extending out of the housing through a second end of the cavity. The second end of the connector cable is configured to connect with a coupling element coupled to a second portion of the orthotic brace. In this arrangement, the controlled tension unit is configured to maintain a preselected tension between the first portion and the second portion of the orthotic brace.