Patent Number: 8,573,612

Title: Assistive ambulatory device

Abstract: A method of producing a natural gait by a patient using an ambulatory device having a patient positioned in the middle of the ambulatory device to allow for an upright trunk, minimizing abnormal lower extremities kinematics and weight bearing on arms. By having hinged corners with an adjustable friction the device allows reciprocal arm swing when unlocked. The use of four wheels permits a continuous stepping motion that does not disrupt normal gait kinematics. Having an adjustable height allows the ambulatory device to have an optimal height for placement of patient hands that minimizes weight bearing on arms.

Inventors: Fulk; George D. (Potsdam, NY), Carroll; James J. (Potsdam, NY)

Assignee: Clarkson University

International Classification: A61H 3/04 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/05/12017