American Orthotic Prosthetic Association

The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) is a national trade association committed to providing high quality, unprecedented business services and products to O&P professionals. Since our founding in 1917, we have worked diligently to establish ourselves as the voice for O&P businesses. Through government relations efforts, AOPA works to raise awareness of the profession and impact policies that affect the future of the O&P industry. AOPA membership consists of more than 2,000 O&P patient care facilities and suppliers that manufacture, distribute, design, fabricate, fit, and supervise the use of orthoses (orthopedic braces) and prostheses (artificial limbs). Membership in AOPA represents a professional milestone; it is recognition of leadership and achievement in the O&P community.


Amputee Coalition

Today, almost 2 million Americans have experienced amputations or were born with limb difference. Another 28 million people in our country are at risk for amputation. The Amputee Coalition is the nation’s leading organization on limb loss, dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for amputees and their families, improving patient care and preventing limb loss. With the generous support of the public, we are helping amputees live well with limb loss, raising awareness about limb loss prevention and ensuring amputees have a voice in matters affecting their ability to live full, thriving lives.

There are a number of resources available to read on a variety of topics.  For example, there are some documents specific to travel such as: Travel Information for People with Disabilities.


What originally started out as a couple of guys who created something to help one child in need…has grown into a World wide movement of tinkerers, engineers, 3D print enthusiasts, occupational therapists, university professors, designers, parents, families, artists, students, teachers and people who just want to make a difference.

They are coming together to create, innovate, re-design and give a “Helping hand” to those that need it – whether it is helping to print parts for them,  creating a completed device for them or simply helping to guide them as they build one themselves.

"e-NABLE’s collaborative approach to design and democratization of 3D-printed prostheses could significantly improve millions of lives worldwide. Now is the time to bring these technologies and practices into mainstream medicine.” – Dr. Albert Chi – Trauma surgeon at Johns Hopkins Medical, Lieutenant Commander in the US Naval Reserve and world-renowned researcher on state-of-the-art prosthetics.


 

Fusiform Medical Devices

Fusiform is revolutionizing orthotic technology to make devices that reduce fabrication time and material waste. Our orthotics are quantitatively optimizing a device to a patient’s needs, something greatly needed in the orthotic industry. We utilize 3D scanning technology and CNC machining to achieve greater speed and precision, while retaining a perfect custom fit for the device.


Infinite Biomedical Technologies

Infinite Biomedical Technologies, LLC (IBT) is a medical device company dedicated to creating innovative and useful solutions in prosthetic technology. Their vision is to solve important prosthetic problems through first-hand feedback and by translating our research discoveries into prosthetic products through commercialization. Their mission is to become the leader in pushing the boundaries of new technologies for upper and lower limb prosthetics.


Mobility Saves

The research clearly affirms that O&P services save money for payers and helps preserve or regain mobility for patients. Downloadable resources from the website can be found here.


The RightFit Prosthetics Initiative

We are a team of engineers and prosthetic practitioners from Johns Hopkins University. We are designing a low-cost prosthesis to improve rehabilitation and mobility for amputees in the developing world. It’s not just about making a cheaper device. We want a solution that fits patients’ lives and gives them the freedom to do the things they want and need to do.
Please check out the following video to learn more about our initiative.


The Trauma Survivors Network (TSN)

The Trauma Survivors Network (TSN) is a community of patients and families who are looking to connect with one another and rebuild their lives after a serious injury. The American Trauma Society (ATS), the leading organization advocating for the injured and their families, in partnership with hospitals around the country, is committed to growing the TSN by providing the programs and resources patients and families tell us they need to manage their recovery and improve their lives.   The underlying goal in all of these programs and resources is helping trauma patients and their families connect and rebuild their lives following a serious injury.