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Glossary of Terms

Learn about the mostly commonly used terms in prosthetics and orthotics industry.


“Atrophy” refers to the shrinking of muscle tissue over time due to long-term disuse. If it does occur, atrophy most often becomes an issue several years after the original amputation on the residual limb; alternatively, atrophy can occur more abruptly when a body part is not able to be used routinely due to weakness or no muscle activity.

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