Laminate

Fabrication technique that uses resin to reinforce a specific orthosis/prosthesis.

Lateral

Toward the outside, away from center.

Leather

Cured animal hide.

Leg length discrepancy

When one leg is longer then the other.

Legg Calve Perthes

Diagnosis that describes the lack of blood supply to the hip joint.

Lever arm

Term used in prosthetics to describe lengthof residual limb. The longer the lever arm, the more leverage and stability.

Light weight component

Component designed with an emphasis on light weight.

Limb

Arms or legs, extremities.

Limb salvage rate

The rate of limbs salvaged by vascular surgery in relation to the number of limbs that needed amputation surgery.

Liner

A protective, often padding cover layer, potentially also providing adhesive or low friction capabilities.

Liner - silicone, gel

Conical padding and suspension device in prosthetics, often with distal locking system.

LISFRANC-amputation

Amputation through the tarso-metatarsal joint; LISFRANC Surgeon (France).

Longitudinal

In lengthwise direction.

Lordosis

Undesirable curvature of the spine. Concave curvature of the lower back.

Lower back

Lumbo-sacral area of the back.

Lower extremity orthoses

Leg orthoses.

Lower leg

Part of the leg below the knee joint.

L.S.O.

Lumbo Sacral Orthosis.

Lubricant

Material used to reduce friction in an orthotic/prosthetic joint or component.

L.S.O.

Brace used to support or immobilize the lower back (Lumbo-Sacral-Orthosis).

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