Your Guide to the Best Websites in the Field

 
 
Amputee Resources
Organizations, publications, and other sites:

Organizations
  • Academy - American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists
  • ABC - American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics
  • ACPOC - The Association of Children's Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics
  • NAAOP - National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics
  • NCOPE - National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education
  • OPGA - Orthotic Prosthetic Group of America
  • PFA - Pedorthic Footwear Association
  • US ISPO - United States Member Society of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics
 
Journals and publications for professionals and consumers

Networks of O&P patient care facilities
  • OPGA stands for Orthotic and Prosthetic Group of America - a nationwide network of independently owned and operated orthotic and prosthetic companies.
  • POINT Health Centers of America - is a group of independent, orthotic and prosthetic businesses covering 19 states which have come together for the common purpose of offering quality patient care in a competitive healthcare environment.
  • PrimeCare O&P Network - is specifically designed to meet the needs of America’s Independents. PrimeCare’s chief responsibilities are to negotiate contracts with managed care organizations and to aid in maintaining contracts for our participants.

Education
Practitioner, technician and associate training, and residency programs:

University-Based O&P Practitioner Training Programs

O&P Technician Training Programs

O&P Associate Training Programs
 
Research being done in the O&P field
  • Residency Site Directors Perceptions and Expectations
    O&P residency site managers have undertaken an immense job to provide the bulk of clinical training for O&P graduates preparing to sit for the ABC certifying exam. In an effort to understand the complex needs of residency training from a site manager’s perspective, a survey of all 197 NCOPE accredited residency sites will examine site director’s attitudes toward, and expectations of, incoming residents.
  • Prosthetic Research Study
    The mission of Prosthetics Research Study is to improve care for people who have experienced or are at risk of limb loss. A multi-disciplinary team conducts research on strategies for limb preservation, surgery, wound healing, prosthetics, and amputee rehabilitation.
  • Rehabilitation Engineering and Prosthetics Orthotics Center
    The Prosthetics Research Laboratory and the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Program are dedicated to the improvement of prostheses and orthoses, to the improved fitting and manufacturing processes for prosthesis/orthosis systems, and to the improved basic understanding of human interactions with these systems. The research, applied and technical in nature, is conducted in a medical environment that fosters direct clinical interactions and applications.
  • The Center for International Rehabilitation (CIR)
    CIR is a not-for-profit organization developing technologies and programs to help people with disabilities worldwide reach their full potential. Based in Chicago, the CIR operates in collaboration with the world-renowned Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) and Northwestern University Prosthetic Orthotic Center (NUPOC).