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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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35+
Studies managed
in 2018
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25+
Articles/chapters published
in 2018
 

Main Focus Areas of Research

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Interventions/Procedures

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

Predictors/Outcomes

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

Rehabilitation

  • 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

  • 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. Accepted by Neurology: Clinical Practice on Sep 25, 2019.
  • Beatty NR, Lutz C, 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.
  • Ling D, Cheng J, Santiago K, Ammerman B, Jivanelli B, Hannafin J, Casey E. Sex and gender differences in the mechanism and activity of sports concussions: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Accepted by Clin Orthop Relat Res on Sep 13, 2019.
  • 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.
  • Geraci MC Jr, Creighton A. Treatment of idiopathic posterior pelvic girdle pain utilizing a global movement assessment. PM&R. 2019 Aug;11 Suppl 1:S83-S92.
  • Gruskay JA, Strickland SM, Casey E, Chiaia TA, Green DW, Gomoll AH. Team approach: patellofemoral instability in the skeletally immature. JBJS Rev. 2019 Jul;7(7):e10.
  • Kang SH, Lee SJ, Press JM, Zhang LQ. Real-time three-dimensional knee moment estimation in knee osteoarthritis: toward biodynamic knee osteoarthritis evaluation and training. IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng. 2019 Jun;27(6):1263-1272.
  • 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. Accepted by Sports Health on July 16, 2019.
  • Oh-Park M, Kirschner J, Abdelshahed D, Kim DD. Painful foot disorders in the geriatric population: a narrative review. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2019 Sep;98(9):811-819.
  • Lee JJ, Nguyen ET, Harrison JR, Gribbin CK, Hurwitz NR, Cheng J, Boachie-Adjei K, Bogner EA, Moley PJ, Wyss JF, Lutz GE. Fluoroscopically guided caudal epidural steroid injections for axial low back pain associated with central disc protrusions: a prospective outcome study. Int Orthop. 2019 Aug;43(8):1883-1889.
  • Ling D, Sleeper M, Casey E. Identification of risk factors for injury in women’s collegiate gymnastics with the Gymnastics Functional Measurement Tool. PM&R. 2019 May 7 [Epub ahead of print].

Recent abstracts accepted or presented at conferences

  • Cheng J, Sanguino RA, Sood V, Santiago K, Mintz D, Wyss JF. Incidence of rapidly progressive hip osteoarthritis or avascular necrosis following intra-articular steroid/anesthetic injections. Presented at NYP 4th Annual Rehabilitation Research Day 2019.
  • Cheng J, Santiago KA, Nguyen JT, Solomon JL, Lutz GE. Treatment of symptomatic degenerative intervertebral discs with autologous platelet-rich plasma: follow-up at 5-9 years. Presented at NYP 4th Annual Rehabilitation Research Day 2019.
  • Cheng J, Santiago K, Abutalib Z, Temme K, Hulme A, Goolsby M, Esopenko C, Casey E. Prevalence and characterization of hormonal contraceptive use in collegiate females in the United States. Presented at NYP 4th Annual Rehabilitation Research Day 2019.
  • Luo R, Cheng J, Ashraf H, Barsoum D, Goldsmith C, Hurwitz N, Moley P. Incidence and interplay of lumbosacral transitional vertebrae in patients with femoroacetabular impingement requiring arthroscopy. Presented at NYP 4th Annual Rehabilitation Research Day 2019.
  • 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. Presented at NYP 4th Annual Rehabilitation Research Day 2019.
  • Sanguino RA, Cheng J, Burge AJ, Wyss JF. Successful treatment of adhesive capsulitis of the hip: a case series. Presented at NYP 4th Annual Rehabilitation Research Day 2019.
  • Papuchis S, Mintz D, Roux M, Moley P. A retrospective MRI analysis of the multifidus muscles following RFA vs. facet injections for low back pain. Presented at HSS Clinical Fellow Research Presentations 2019.
  • Moley PJ, Cheng J, Luo R, Ashraf H. Incidence and interplay of lumbosacral transitional vertebrae (LSTV) in patients with femoral acetabular impingement requiring arthroscopy. Presented at HSS Clinical Fellow Research Presentations 2019.
  • Cheng J, Hurwitz N, Dutta A, Santiago K, Wyss J. Factors that predict response to intra-articular lumbar facet injections in a subset of patients with low back pain. Presented at AAP 2019.

 

View photos of our physiatrists presenting at various conferences.

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