American Academy of Orthopeadic Surgeons “orthopedic information you can trust”

Orthopedic surgeons use a variety of methods to treat knee injuries in athletes. A common method used to treat mild knee injuries is R.I.C.E., which stands for "rest, ice, compression, and elevation."

If your treatment is to be successful, you must follow your doctor's instructions carefully. The following information provides general guidelines only, and is not a substitute for your doctor's advice.

Swelling due to your injury may cause pressure in your splint or cast for the first 48 to 72 hours.
This may cause your injured leg to feel snug or tight in the splint or cast.

FeaturesAfter application of a splint or cast, it is very important to elevate your injured leg for 24 to 72 hours. The injured area should be elevated well above the heart. Rest and elevation greatly reduce pain and speed the healing process by minimizing early swelling.

Failure to follow these instructions may cause:


FeaturesThe concept of the COLEJOINT, is a mobility aid accessory for individuals with temporary or permanent conditions that would provide a greater degree of flexibility and convenience. The COLEJOINT would be utilized with a conventional crutch. Produced of tubular aluminum, the COLEJOINT would be secure to the crutch to form a single, adjustable device that would allow the user to rest an injured limb in an elevated position.

The COLEJOINT would measure 15 to 24 inches in height in its adjustable state. The unit would measure approximately 2-1/2 feet in width. Positioned at each "foot" of the triangular attachment would be a rubber cap similar to those used on the end of the crutch. The device would readily attach to the base of a conventional crutch by securing the unit to the lower crutch leg with a butterfly nut and screw. The COLEJOINT would be lightweight, weighing less than 1-1/2 pounds.

To use, the individual would secure the COLEJOINT to the crutch as needed. With the base applied, the crutch would extend in a horizontal position. With the arm rest of the crutch supported by a chair, bench, or similar device, the extended crutch would provide a full and complete support for the patient's leg. The leg could be supported to the front or side of the patient, depending upon comfort and surroundings.

When in use, the crutch and support base would appropriately rest and elevate the injured limb, thereby minimizing pressure, reducing swelling and accelerating healing.

Function and Appealing Features

COLEJOINT is being suggested by MedCrutch because they believe it would fulfill the need for a mobility aid attachment that would provide the user with greater comfort and convenience while accelerating the healing process.

The appealing features of COLEJOINT would be the effectiveness, ease of use, provided comfort and convenience, practical nature, and the healthful benefit such a product could offer.

For any individual who must spend time on crutches, the COLEJOINT could increase comfort, convenience, and healing. The recommended treatment for most any injured extremity is rest and elevation. However, this is not readily accomplished with a heavy cast or brace placed on the leg or foot. The COLEJOINT would provide these individuals with the necessary tools to follow the recommended regimen.

The COLEJOINT would be quick and easy to secure to any crutch. Placement could be made as needed, thereby permitting the conventional crutch to function in a normal fashion as needed. During rest, the COLEJOINT would transform the crutch to a supportive platform for elevating the limb. The unit would be lightweight, making transport easy for all.

The COLEJOINT would be readily removed and would require no permanent modifications to the crutch. This is an important consideration when using rented or borrowed equipment. Individuals utilizing such an aid for the recommended time period could enjoy a faster recovery and reduced complications during convalescence.

Further, the COLEJOINT would provide total support to the injured area, thus reducing the likelihood of additional injury through attempts at resting the limb on an unsecured surface.

Historical Development

Cole, a police officer who once broke his leg (tibia bone), wore a splint and then a cast for a total of ten weeks. Cole identified a need or a problem to be solved that prompted him into the invention process. He then conceived the COLEJOINT and created a prototype. A prototype, by reason of its visibility and tangibility, makes it easier for anyone who may become interested in the idea to have a clearer understanding of its concept and purpose.