Glossary of Terms


AOPA works closely with several organizations in the field to collaborate on policy issues and patient care advances. The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP) is the professional organization to which many practitioners in AOPA member facilities belong as they seek higher levels of professional development. The AAOP Glossary of O&P terms is a convenient resource for learning and understanding the language of O&P.

Another resource is the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics, Canada. The ISPO Prosthetics and Orthotics Online Definitions/Dictionary: This O&P lexicon and dictionary is a useful companion to the AAOP research glossary. The ISPO (Canada) intends to provide clinical, technical and related terms in several languages for the global O&P profession as a public service. Terms specific to O&P practice have been collected from various resources including publications of the Academy.

Need more information about the O&P profession or  need to speak with an expert in the field? Contact AOPA at (571) 431-0876 or info@AOPAnet.org .