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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

Image - headshot of Ellen Casey, MD Ellen Casey, MD
Physiatry, Sports Medicine
Image - headshot of Andrew Paul Creighton, DO Andrew Paul Creighton, DO
Physiatry, Sports Medicine
Image - headshot of Joseph H. Feinberg, MD Joseph H. Feinberg, MD
Physiatry, Sports Medicine
Image - headshot of Jonathan S. Kirschner, MD, RMSK Jonathan S. Kirschner, MD, RMSK
Physiatry, Spine, Sports Medicine
Image - headshot of Emerald Lin, MD Emerald Lin, MD
Image - headshot of Gregory E. Lutz, MD Gregory E. Lutz, MD
Physiatry, Spine
Image - headshot of Elizabeth M. Manejias, MD Elizabeth M. Manejias, MD
Physiatry, Spine
Image - headshot of Carlo Milani, MD, MBA Carlo Milani, MD, MBA
Physiatry, Sports Medicine
Image - headshot of Peter J. Moley, MD Peter J. Moley, MD
Physiatry, Sports Medicine, Spine, Hip Preservation
Image - headshot of Kristina Marie Quirolgico, MD Kristina Marie Quirolgico, MD
Physiatry, Sports Medicine
Image - headshot of Vijay B. Vad, MD Vijay B. Vad, MD
Physiatry, Sports Medicine
Image - headshot of James F. Wyss, MD, PT James F. Wyss, MD, PT
Physiatry, Sports Medicine, Spine

Research Staff

  • Jennifer Cheng, PhD
  • Joey Bonanno, BS
  • Campbell Goldsmith, BA
  • Rachel Rothman, BS

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

Recent publications

  • Luo R, Barsoum D, Ashraf H, Cheng J, Hurwitz N, Goldsmith CMoley P. Prevalence of lumbosacral transitional vertebrae in patients with symptomatic femoroacetabular impingement requiring hip arthroscopy. Accepted for publication in Arthroscopy. 2020.
  • 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. 2020 Sep;99(9):e115-e116.
  • Krishnan KR, Sneag DB, Feinberg JH, Nwawka OK, Lee SK, Arányi Z, Wolfe SW. Outcomes of microneurolysis of hourglass constrictions in chronic neuralgic amyotrophy. J Hand Surg Am. 2020 Aug 28.
  • Krishnan K, Wolfe SW, Feinberg J, Nwawka OK, Sneag DB. Imaging and treatment of phrenic nerve hourglass-like constrictions in neuralgic amyotrophy. Muscle Nerve. 2020 Aug 25.
  • Iyer S, Shafi K, Lovecchio F, Turner R, Albert TJ, Kim HJ, Press J, Katsuura Y, Sandhu H, Schwab F, Qureshi S. The spine physical examination using telemedicine: strategies and best practices. Global Spine J. 2020 Aug 5.
  • Casaletto E, Lin B, Wolfe S, Lee S, Sneag DB, Feinberg J, Nwawka OK. Ultrasound imaging of nerves in the neck: correlation to MRI, EMG and clinical findings. Accepted for publication in Neurology. 2020.
  • Krishnan K, Sneag DB, Feinberg J, Wolfe S. Anterior interosseous nerve syndrome reconsidered. Accepted for publication in JBJS Reviews. 2020.
  • Moley PJ, Tatka J, Singh JR. Running with femoral acetabular impingement: operative vs nonoperative treatment. PM&R. 2020 Aug;12(8):817-822.
  • Lee SJ, Ren Y, Chang AH, Press JM, Hochberg MC, Zhang LQ. Plane dependent subject-specific neuromuscular training for knee rehabilitation. IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng. 2020 Aug;28(8):1876-1883.
  • 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.
  • 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 Jul;102(14):1197-1204.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 2020 Jan;12(1):43-48.

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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