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Glossary of Terms

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


Prosthosis is a term referring to the combination of a prosthesis and orthosis that helps provide support, proper body alignment, control and function for someone who still has a limb, but is unable to use it.

Usage of both an orthotic and prosthetic device is sometimes needed after suffering a stroke, flail arm or brachial plexus injury involving paralysis, or injuries involving trauma that permanently fuse a hand, for example.

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