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Combined reconfigurable multi-purpose external orthopedic fixation device and multi-functional rehabilitative prosthesis



Combined reconfigurable multi-purpose external orthopedic fixation device and multi-functional rehabilitative prosthesis



Official Gazette of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Patents 1246(5)



A combined, reconfigurable, multi-purpose external orthopedic fixation device and multi-functional prosthesis, for use alternatively as an external orthopedic fixation device for providing support and/or traction for a sprained, fractured, or broken limb of a warm-blooded animal, especially a human being, and as an artificial prosthesis for providing both substitute elementary limb functionality and substitute multi-purpose specific task functionality of a limb, especially an upper limb, such as a finger, hand, wrist, forearm, or elbow, of a warm-blooded animal, especially a human being, is disclosed. The apparatus includes at least one flexible tubular elongate member having a flexible strengthening rod therein, and a pair of end caps. Other embodiments of the apparatus further include one or a plurality of one or more additional elements including a cushioning support that is slidable along the elongate member; a stop for fixing the position of a cushioning support; a uni-dimensional joint for connecting ends of one or more elongate members together in a two-dimensional configuration; a two-dimensional joint for connecting ends of two or more elongate members together in a three-dimensional configuration; a panel of webbing material for supporting a limb; a rigid support member generally contoured to and for supporting a specific limb; and a variety of implements for performing certain useful functions, such as personal hygiene and grooming, eating, writing, and simple chores, that can be attached to one or more ends of an elongate member in place of the end caps.

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