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.


To be suspended means to hang from something else, and when it comes to prosthetic applications, the term stays true to its original meaning. To help overcome the challenge of attaching a replacement limb to a human (and getting it to stay there), modern suspension methods coupled with advanced socket designs help alleviate the threat of prosthetic detachment. Among the most popular types of suspension solutions for prosthetic devices are suction suspension with or without liners, locking suspension, lanyard.

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