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.


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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