Patent Number: 6,515,593

Title: Communication system for an instrumented orthopedic restraining device and method therefor

Abstract: A system and method for communicating an orthopedic parameters signal between a remote communication unit and a central site monitoring station is provided. The orthopedic signal includes a value representative of a total torque output by an individual over a period of time as measured by a personal orthopedic restraining device. The restraining device is restrains movement of a first flexibly connected body portion relative to a second body portion. Communication is accomplished by receiving the orthopedic parameters signal at the remote unit from the orthopedic device. Subsequently, the received signal is protected from potential transmission errors through encoding. The encoded signal is prepared for transmission through modulation. Finally, the modulated signal is transmitted over a communication channel from the remote unit to the central station such that movement of flexibly connected body portions can be monitored. In addition, the operations of the central site monitoring station are described.

Inventors: Stark; John G. (Deephaven, MN), Dempster; Shawn B. (North Oaks, MN)

Assignee: Izex Technologies, Inc.

International Classification: A61F 5/01 (20060101); A63B 24/00 (20060101); A63B 21/002 (20060101); A61B 5/00 (20060101); A63B 23/04 (20060101); G08C 019/22 ()

Expiration Date: 02/04/2011