K.B. Nelson, C.O.†*
Gadget No. 4óNelson Spreader
The Spreader shown here was designed to control adductor tension in cerebral palsy or polio bracing when attached to bi-lateral long leg braces. The reports we have from other orthotists who are using it are most gratifying. It serves its intended purpose well. It does not protrude, it does not rotate, it does not interfere with the clothing and it may be opened at "E" for treatment or exercise of the patient. With smoth ball bearing action, it prevents uncontrolled unnaturally long steps, yet it permits walking with knees locked or unlocked. The Spreader has been tested for many years and has proven a welcome solution to the scissoring problem.
Additional advantages of the spreader may be cited. When hip joints are necessary, they need not be heavy nor do they require ball bearings when the spreader is used. The control area is high enough to be effective against adductor tension, and the device does not rotate or lock in walking.
The Spreader is easily attached to any brace by means of four screws.
This article is published by special request and the author will furnish further information to anyone interested.
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