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					O&P Trends & Statistics
Future Demand for Orthotic                                                             Trends in Orthotic Services
and Prosthetic Services                                                                • Obesity is a primary driver of orthotic service
In the coming years, there will be a growing                                             needs. There is a significant link between
need for certified orthotists and prosthetists                                           obesity and diabetes which creates the need
across the country. Certified professionals who                                          for both orthotic and prosthetic services.
enter the field will find numerous job opportuni-
                                                                                       • The National Center for Health Statistics notes
ties. Those who are in the O&P profession today
                                                                                         that the percent of non-hospitalized adults age
realize that they have found both a lifelong
                                                                                         20 years and over who are overweight or obese
passion and meaningful profession.
                                                                                         is an astounding 66.3 percent.
• The total number of persons with paralysis,
                                                                                       • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  deformity or orthopedic impairments that use
                                                                                         notes that arthritis is on the rise in America and
  orthoses is expected to reach 7.3 million by
                                                                                         projects that 67 million people will be afflicted
  the year 2020.
                                                                                         by 2030. Orthoses are frequently used to
• The total number of persons with an                                                    stabilize joints, reduce pain and improve
  amputation, and those using a prosthesis, is                                           function in those suffering from arthritis.
  expected to reach 2.4 million by the year 2020.
                                                                                       • Due to medical advances, more people are
• In 2007, 5,484 practitioners were certified by the                                     surviving strokes, but are left with long-term
  American Board for Certification in Orthotics,                                         physical disabilities, frequently necessitating
  Prosthetics & Pedorthics. Nearly 1,100 of these                                        orthotic management to improve function.
  practitioners are 55 or older and likely to
                                                                                       • As the Baby Boomer population ages, it is at
  consider retirement within the next ten years.
                                                                                         great risk of back injuries and paralysis. These
• The goal of the Academy’s national recruitment                                         individuals will have an increasing need for
  and awareness campaign is to increase the                                              orthotic services.
  number of qualified graduates entering the
  profession to provide care for those who will                                        Trends in Cost-Effective
  require O&P services in the future.                                                  Health Care
                                                                                       • The ability to provide the most cost-effective
Trends in Prosthetic Services                                                            and clinically appropriate O&P care will be
The incidence of diabetes and diabetes-related                                           dependent on having a large enough
amputations continues to increase.                                                       population of well-educated, certified
                                                                                         orthotists and prosthetists.
• 20.8 million children and adults — 7 percent of
  the population — have diabetes. The number of                                        • Involving certified and licensed orthotists and
  Americans with diabetes is projected to reach                                          prosthetists in reimbursement policy decisions
  29 million by 2050.                                                                    regarding new technological advancements will
                                                                                         be cost-effective and enable individuals to have
• It is estimated that approximately 1.9 million
                                                                                         appropriate life-changing and life-enhancing
  people in the US have had an amputation.
                                                                                         O&P devices.
  More than 60 percent of non-traumatic lower-
  limb amputations are a result of diabetes.                                           For more information on the American Academy
                                                                                       of Orthotists and Prosthetists and details on
• The rate of amputation for people with
                                                                                       careers in O&P, visit www.oandp.org.
  diabetes is 10 times higher than for people
  without diabetes.
The information outlined above is from a National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) study by Caroline Nielsen, PhD, on “Issues Affecting
the Future Demand for Orthotists and Prosthetists”(2002) specific to practitioners certified by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics
(ABC), a 2006 Workforce Demand Study prepared for NCOPE and the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) by Corathers Health Consulting, LLC,
and from the American Diabetes Association (2005).

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