Vail company earns patent for knee support |

Vail company earns patent for knee support

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO, Colorado

Opedix, a Vail-based company, recently announced it had been granted a patent for its knee support system.

“This represents the culmination of several years of hard work, correspondence and legal involvement, but we got it done,” said David Gustafson, President of Opedix. “A special thanks to everyone who has worked so hard on this, and especially Dr. Michael Torry and Kim Gustafson. We’ve literally taken this from a concept in someone’s mind to intellectual property, and it was well worth the effort. I couldn’t be more proud,”

The Opedix patent is for a garment with a built-in knee support system. The system uses a proprietary non-stretch fabric in a banding system that aligns the knee joint better without restricting the kneecap’s natural movement. This improved alignment helps increase stability and reduces wear and tear of the knee joint.

The garment also uses compression to help reduce fatigue in muscles. The inventors say the Opedix garment is useful for people of all skill levels and sports of all kinds, including skiing, running, climbing, hiking and skating.

The system was tested at the Steadman Hawkins Research Foundation.

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Opedix is an official supplier to the National Ski Patrol and is endorsed by the Vail Snowsports School. All Opedix products are designed, sourced and manufactured in the United States.

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