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American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA)

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The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) "provides members with resources that ensure high-quality patient care, educate public policy makers, influencers and third party payers about the critical role played by orthotic and prosthetic (O&P) professionals in delivering care, and protect the profession from threats. O&P Professionals serve prosthetic (artificial limbs), orthotic (orthopedic braces) and pedorthic (shoes and shoe inserts) patients."[1]


The AOPA was founded as the Artificial Limb Manufacturers and Brace Association (ALMBA) in anticipation of the need for braces and artificial limbs by the soldiers during and after World War I.


  1. AOPA Fact Sheet. American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association. 2007. Accessed on February 6, 2008.