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Investigating optimal strategies for the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal problems

Investigating optimal strategies for the prevention
and treatment of musculoskeletal problems

Physiatry Research

The Physiatry Department is continuously exploring ways to improve established treatments and to research the safe and effective adoption of novel techniques. Our ultimate goal is to identify the ideal treatment paradigm for our patients.

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Studies managed
in 2019
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Articles/chapters published
in 2019

Main Focus Areas of Research

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  • Effectiveness
  • Safety
  • Personalized (gender/age)
  • Regenerative
    • Medicine and techniques/type


  • Risk factors
  • Physical exam
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Personalized (gender/age)
  • Regenerative
    • Who responds best and why


  • Exercise prescription
  • Personalized (gender/age)
  • Regenerative
    • Pre- and post-procedure rehabilitation

Many of our studies encompass more than one focus area of research and range from basic science to translation human to clinical trials. They are conducted in collaboration with intramural and extramural researchers in radiology, orthopedics, neurology, primary care sports medicine, laboratory/pathology/chemistry, and physical therapy.

Learn more about our currently active studies.

Physiatrist Researchers

Research Staff

  • Jennifer Cheng, PhD
  • Kristen Santiago, BA
  • Campbell Goldsmith, BA

Students and trainees who are interested in volunteering in research for our department may contact physiatryresearch@hss.edu.

Recent publications

  •  Ling D, Cheng J, Santiago K, Ammerman B, Jivanelli B, Hannafin J, Casey E. Women are at higher risk for concussions due to ball or equipment contact in soccer and lacrosse. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2020 Jul;478(7):1469-1479.
  • Moley PJ, Tatka J, Singh JR. Running with femoral acetabular impingement: operative vs nonoperative treatment. PM&R. 2020 Jun 14.
  • Conway JJ, Krystofiak J, Quirolgico K, Como B, Altobelli A, Putukian M. Evaluation of a preparticipation cardiovascular screening program among National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I athletes: comparison of the Seattle, Refined, and International Electrocardiogram screening criteria. Clin J Sport Med. 2020 Jun 10.
  • Wells K, Klein M, Hurwitz N, Santiago K, Cheng J, Abutalib Z, Beatty N, Lutz G. Cellular and clinical analyses of autologous bone marrow aspirate injectate for knee osteoarthritis: a pilot study. PM&R. 2020 Jun 5.
  • Disser N, De Micheli A, Schonk M, Konnaris M, Piacentini A, Edon D, Toresdahl B, Rodeo S, Casey E, Mendias C. Musculoskeletal consequences of COVID-19. J Bone Joint Surg. 2020 May 21.
  • Sneag DB, Aranyi Z, Zusstone EM, Feinberg JH, Queler S, Nwawka OK, Lee SK, Wolfe SW. Fascicular constrictions above elbow typify anterior interosseous nerve syndrome. Muscle Nerve. 2020 Mar;61(3):301-310.
  • Barcavage C, Sanguino RA, Roux M, Dundas M, Reiner D, Wyss JF. Occult Morel-Lavallee lesion within the superior gluteal region in a collegiate lacrosse player. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2019 Nov 20.
  • Cheng J, Ammerman B, Santiago K, Jivanelli B, Lin E, Casey E, Ling D. Sex differences in the incidence of sport-related concussion: systematic review and meta-analysis. Sports Health. 2019 Nov/Dec;11(6):486-491.
  • Lin E, Ward I, Lequerica A, Jasey N, Chiaravalloti N. Understanding the level of concussion knowledge in high school sports in New Jersey. PM&R. 2019 Oct;11(10):1107-1114.
  • Casaletto E, Lin B, Wolfe SW, Lee SK, Sneag D, Feinberg JH, Nwawka OK. Ultrasound imaging of nerves in the neck: correlation to MRI, EMG and clinical findings. Neurology: Clinical Practice. 2019 Oct 31.
  • Beatty NR, Boachie-Adjei K, Leynes TA, Lutz C, Lutz G. Spondylodiscitis due to Cutibacterium acnes following lumbosacral intradiscal biologic therapy: a case report. Regen Med. 2019 Sep;14(9):823-829.
  • Cheng J, Santiago K, Nguyen J, Solomon J, Lutz G. Treatment of symptomatic degenerative intervertebral discs with autologous platelet-rich plasma: follow-up at 5-9 years. Regen Med. 2019 Sep;14(9):831-840.

Recent abstracts accepted or presented at conferences

  • Kirschner J, Cheng J, Creighton A, Santiago K, Dundas M, Beatty N, Kingsbury D, Chang R. Efficacy of ultrasound-guided glenohumeral joint injections of platelet-rich plasma versus hyaluronic acid in the treatment of glenohumeral osteoarthritis: a randomized double-blind controlled trial. Accepted for AAPM&R in November 2020.
  • Sanguino R, Sood V, Mintz D, Santiago K, Cheng J, Wyss J. Incidence of rapidly progressive osteoarthritis or avascular necrosis following intra-articular steroid/anesthetic injections. Presented at AAP (ISPRM) 2020.
  • Sanguino R, Cheng J, Burge A, Wyss J. Successful treatment of adhesive capsulitis of the hip: a case series. Presented at AAP (ISPRM) 2020.

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