At Vogue we realize it’s important to find the information and support you need to live your life to the fullest. Any medical condition that changes the way you live takes time for adjustment and support will help you achieve your ultimate potential. The loss of a limb can be a traumatic event that instantly and radically transforms your life. If you or a loved one are new to living with limb loss, you’ll find that there is a huge array of prosthetic and mobility options. The key is having resources that help guide you moving forward in your recovery.
Remember, you’re not alone. Recent statistics indicate there are approximately 1.7 million people in the U.S. living with limb loss or deficiency. Each year, approximately 185,000 amputations are performed in the United States.
The following links are geared toward helping you get the information and support you need. You can find international, national, local and regional groups dedicated to helping people with limb loss.
• Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) - a national, non-profit consumer education organization representing people who have experienced amputation or are born with limb differences
• ACA Peer Network - this sub-group of ACA is a group of individuals trained in providing emotional and informational support
• HPHDHELP.ORG - is dedicated to high pelvic levels of amputation – hemipelvectomy and hip disarticulation
• Limbs for Life Foundation - a global nonprofit organization dedicated to providing fully functional prosthetic care for individuals who cannot afford care
• UpperEx.com - focuses on the unique needs of people living with upper extremity limb loss
• O&P360 - provides comprehensive information about the Prosthetics and Orthotics industry, insurance tips, profiles of individuals, health and wellness along with a variety of other subjects
• American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association - this national trade organization dedicated to the business services for the O&P industry
• American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists - is dedicated to promoting professionalism and advancing the standards of patient care through education, literature, research, advocacy and collaboration
• Orthotic and Prosthetic Assistance Fund - this organization’s primary mission is to enable individuals served by the orthotic and prosthetic community to enjoy the rewards of personal achievement, physical fitness and social interaction
• Otto Bock Certified Practitioners - use this link to find a practitioner in your area who has completed Otto Bock training and is qualified to fit our products
• OandP.com - Prosthetic and orthotic patient care and product information readily accessible for amputees, orthotists, prosthetists, and therapists.
• Disabled Sports USA - This organization encourages people with a wide range of mobility challenges to be active in multiple ways.