We're thrilled to announce that Orthotic Prosthetic Center (OPC), a long-time leader in prosthetic care throughout Northern Virginia, has merged with MCOP. However, even though their name will be changing, OPC will still operate in the exact same manner it always has, providing the highest level of quality care to clients throughout Virginia.Learn More

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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