Published Articles

Advanced Arm Dynamics is a leader in the industry, publishing several articles that have appeared in the Journal of Prosthetics & Orthotics (JPO), Atlas of Amputations and Limb Deficiencies: Surgical, Prosthetic, and Rehabilitation Principles, O&P Edge, O&P Business News, O&P World, the O&P Almanac, Orthopedic Technology Review, inMotion and Technology & Disability.

SciMed Central - JSM Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Assessment of Performance Using an Advanced Upper Extremity Prosthesis: A Case Report:  As upper extremity prosthetic devices continue to advance, it is unclear if traditional outcome measures accurately assess their impact on function and quality of life. This case report describes the experiences of a military veteran with a transhumeral amputation utilizing the advanced DEKA prosthetic arm system. - Tiffany Ryan, MOT, OTR/L, and Christopher Bollinger, MOT, OTR

Healio - O&P News

No Going Back: Experts Discuss Telemedicine in O&P:  Experts discuss the benefits of telemedicine in O&P and how practices can take advantage of this technology. - Christopher Bollinger, MOT, OTR/L, Brian Waryck, CP/L

Rehab Management

Moving Forward After Upper Limb Loss: Successfully transitioning amputees back to the community after amputation requires an approach that considers the whole person. - Christopher Bollinger, MOT, OTR/L

Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Resilience, Pain Interference, and Upper Limb Loss: Testing the Mediating Effects of Positive Emotion and Activity Restriction on Distress: To test mediating effects of positive emotion and activity restriction on the associations of resilience and pain interference with distress reported by individuals with traumatic upper limb loss evaluated for prosthetics. - Tiffany Ryan, MOT

O&P Edge

Hands Across The Ocean: International Group Collecting Data On Multiarticulating Hands:  (2012) After three years and six meetings on two continents, the Strategic Consortium for Upper-Limb Prosthetic Technologies (SCULPT) is set to launch its first international study of upper-limb prosthetic devices. - Tiffany Ryan, MOT

Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners

Peak Prosthetic Performance:  (2012) Specialized, comprehensive therapy maximizes outcomes for individuals with upper-limb loss. - Tiffany Ryan, MOT, OTR, CSCS

Amp It Up

Upper-limb amputees gain skills and independence from specialized rehabilitation:  (2012) Living with an upper-limb difference or experiencing an upper-limb amputation requires developing unique approaches to both the small and large tasks that life presents each day. - Tiffany Ryan, MOT, OTR, CSCS

O&P Business News

New Technologies Poised to Increase Upper Limb Prosthetic Acceptance.   (2012) A cosmetically lifelike prosthesis can give a patient a distinct psychological advantage in accepting it as an extension of their body.

Rehab Management

Focus on Rehab - Planning for Prosthetics:  (2012)  Occupational therapy helps restore function to patients with upper limb loss.


The Prosthetic Habilitation of a Congenital, Transradial Limb Deficient Child:  (2012)  A Case Study Analyzing the Functional Effectiveness and the Benefits of Early Prosthetic Fitting, Appropriate Prosthetic Equipment, and Consistent Caregiver Follow up.

Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances

Prosthetic Advances - Zach T. Harvey, CPO; MAJ Benjamin K. Potter, MD; James Vandersea, CPO; Erik Wolf, PhD - 2012   Much of the current prosthetic technology is based on developments that have taken place during or directly following times of war. These developments have evolved and improved over the years, and now there are many more available options to provide a comfortable, cosmetic, and highly functional prosthesis.

American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists (AAOP)

Transradial and Wrist Disarticulation Socket Considerations: Case Studies: John M. Miguelez, CP, FAAOP, Dan Conyers, CPO, MacJulian Lang, CPO, CHT, Robert Dodson, CPO, Kristin Gulick, OTR/L
(2008) There are a myriad of socket designs for the individual with transradial or wrist disarticulation level amputation. Progressive socket designs incorporate anatomic contouring to improve comfort, stability, suspension, range of motion, and, ultimately, function. Advancements in materials science have contributed to the continuing evolution of these designs.


Journal of Orthotics & Prosthetics (JPO)

"The Clinical Application of an Upper Limb Custom Silicone Interface: Observations of a Case Study" - 2009 The authors, Robert Dodson, CPO, LPO and Bridget Jowid, OTR present a case study that highlights the positive effects of a custom Silicone interface on a chronic wound.

“Comparative Analysis of Microprocessors in Upper-Extremity Prosthetics” - 2003
Several microprocessors are analyzed to allow prosthetists to understand the advantages and disadvantages of each system to optimize both functional and cosmetic requirements for patients. Download PDF

“The MicroFrame: The Next Generation of Interface Design for Glenohumeral Disarticulation and Associated Levels of Limb Deficiency” - 2003
This article details the clinical application of the MicroFrame design. The MicroFrame design addresses the issues of componentry, interface design, fabrication, practitioner experience and therapeutic intervention more effectively than the traditional interface designs taught in schools today. Download PDF

“The Transradial Anatomically Contoured (TRAC) Interface: Design Principles and Methodology” - 2003
There are many variations of the self-suspending transradial anatomically contoured (TRAC) interface. It is important to have a good understanding of the design principles and methodology involved. Download PDF

“Critical Factors in Electrically-Powered Upper-Extremity Prosthetics” - 2002
John Miguelez examines aspects that should be considered while formulating and executing an electrically-powered prosthetic rehabilitation plan. Download PDF

“The Incidence of Dermatological Problems in the Silicone Suspension Sleeve User” - 1997
The authors developed a survey and collected data to investigate the incidence of dermatological problems in silicone sleeve users. Strong trends were noted indicating dermatological problems are influenced by aging, activity level and use patterns. Download PDF

“Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction: A Review of Pain and Activity Levels of Twenty-One Patients” - 1999
The authors review the variety of orthoses used in treating patients with posterior tibial tendon dysfunction – a common clinical problem that results in painful pes planus. Download PDF

The Academy TODAY

"Therapeutic Influences on the Upper-Limb Amputee" Ruth M. Morris, LMSW
The author discusses the unique set of needs and issues upper-limb amputees encounter.

Journal of Hand Therapy

"Managing the Upper Extremity Amputee: A Protocol for Success"
co-author Kristin Gulick, OTR/L

Special Interest Section Quarterly Physical Disabilities

published by The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA) "The Centennial Vision and Physical Disabilities Practice" co-written by Kristin Gulick, OTR/L
The authors discuss the specific practice venues related to the Centennial Vision in which occupational therapy practitioners are facilitating individuals functional ability through training, prevention of occupational dysfunction, remediation and skill acquisition. Download PDF

Atlas of Amputations and Limb Deficiencies: Surgical, Prosthetic, and Rehabilitation Principles

Chapter 14 - Partial Hand Amputation: Prosthetic Management

Atlas of Amputations and Limb Deficiencies: Surgical, Prosthetic, and Rehabilitation Principles - Chapter 21 - Amputations About the Shoulder: Prosthetic Management

Atlas of Amputations and Limb Deficiencies: Surgical, Prosthetic, and Rehabilitation Principles - Chapter 72 - Humeral Deficiencies

O&P Edge

"Jim Landrum: Doing Things Differently" - October 2009
If Jim Landrum had any doubt he'd be returning to the water sports he loves after losing his left hand and forearm due to a 2007 fireworks accident, his buddies quickly dispelled it. To read more, Download PDF.

"State of the Art: Upper-Limb Prosthetics Technology" - October 2009
While prosthetics and patients eagerly await the results of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Revolutionizing Prosthetics 2009 (RP2009) intiatives, science fiction is meeting science fact right now in today's clinical practice. This article explores some of the upper-limb technologies that are commercially available now or are coming to market very soon. To read more, Download PDF.

O&P Business News

"Miguelez Opens Advanced Arm Dynamics" - July 1, 1998
John Miguelez announced the formation of a new company, Advanced Arm Dynamics, which specializes in worldwide upper-extremity prosthetics.

"Miguelez New Vice President - Upper-Extremity Prosthetics for RDA" -November 1, 1999
Internationally renowned for his work with upper-extremity amputees, particularly hard to fit patients, Miguelez was involved in the creation of RDA's ArmDesigns program, which provides clinical expertise, detailed claim documentation and other services allowing patients to return to work and daily activities more quickly.

"Upper-Extremity Electronic Technology Moves Forward" - December 1,1999
State of the art electronics, along with new materials and advanced socket designs allow greater comfort and control. Read more about advances on Upper-Extremity Prosthetics.

"O&P Technology: Soaring into the New Millennium..." - January 1, 2000
'The Little Microprocessor That Could.’ Read more about how computers and a microprocessor chip are assisting upper-extremity prosthetics andallowing advances in the industry.

O&P Almanac

"Mobile Practice Succeeds for Upper-Extremity Specialist" - February, 2000
John Miguelez takes his knowledge and industry contacts and begins own practice, Advanced Arm Dynamics. Download PDF

Orthopedic Technology Review

"Upper-Extremity Replacement" - Vol. 1, No. 3 Aug/Sep 1999 
O&P practitioners discuss limb replacement, treatment and reimbursement for hand and arm patients. Download PDF



"REIMBURSEMENT ISSUES: Educating case managers eases approvals for upper-extremity prostheses" -1995
Prosthetic expertise, coupled with a thorough rehabilitation assessment, helps case managers understand the importance of a myoelectric prosthesis. Download PDF

Technology & Disability

“Evolution of Microprocessor-Based Control Systems in Upper-Extremity Prosthetics” - 2003 The recent emergence of microprocessor-based prosthetic control. Download PDF

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