If you have the good fortune to still have all your limbs, you probably never think about limb loss and take your arms and legs mostly for granted. All around us every day, however, limb loss is a reality.
So much so that experts estimate that by 2050, 3.6 million people in America will be living without a limb. Already, about 185,000 a year have an amputation, mostly commonly from either vascular disease or trauma. The least common reason for an amputation is from a congenital birth defect, which still affects one out of every 2,000 babies born.
As grim as this picture is, orthotic services in the United States have never been better. There are currently more than 3,000 care centers in