Orthotics and Prosthetics: Improving Function and Performance
Orthotics and prosthetics (O&P) is the evaluation, fabrication, and custom fitting of orthopedic braces, known as "orthoses," and artificial limbs, known as "prostheses." It draws on wide-ranging knowledge, from medicine to engineering to wiring and electronics and incorporating materials science, bioengineering, athletic training, kinesiology, orthopedics, and neurology. Topics in this series include limb loss, sports injury, osteoarthritis of the knee, fractures, back pain, knee arthritis, global health, and skull flattening in toddlers. Learn the current science and future potential of this rapidly expanding field.