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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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