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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
 

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Main Focus Areas of Research

Research areas diagram

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.

Main Focus Areas of Research

Research areas diagram

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.

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Physiatrist Researchers

Ellen Casey, MD
Physiatry
Dr. Casey is a physiatrist specializing in the conservative treatment of acute sports medicine injuries and spine disorders particularly in the female athlete.

Jonathan S. Kirschner, MD, RMSK
Physiatry, Spine
Dr. Kirschner is a physiatrist specializing in interventional spine and sports medicine.

Emerald Lin, MD
Physiatry
Dr. Lin is a physiatrist and a physician of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Her expertise lies in managing acute and chronic concussion.

Gregory E. Lutz, MD
Physiatry, Spine
Dr. Lutz is a physiatrist specializing in intradiscal biologic injections and the nonsurgical management of spine and joint injuries.

Elizabeth M. Manejias, MD
Physiatry, Spine
Dr. Manejias is a physiatrist and acupuncturist at the HSS Integrative Care Center. She specializes in the nonsurgical care of spine, musculoskeletal and neurological injuries.

Peter J. Moley, MD
Physiatry, Sports Medicine, Spine, Hip Preservation
Dr. Moley is board certified in both physiatry and sports medicine. He specializes in the nonsurgical treatment of hip, lower back, and general joint injuries.

Vijay B. Vad, MD
Physiatry, Sports Medicine
Dr. Vad is a dually board certified physiatrist specializing in the minimally invasive, nonsurgical treatment of arthritis and sports injuries of the spine.

James F. Wyss, MD, PT
Physiatry, Sports Medicine, Spine
Dr. Wyss is a physiatrist specializing in the nonsurgical management and rehabilitation of common musculoskeletal and sports injuries, primarily in the hip and spine.

Ellen Casey, MD
Physiatry
Dr. Casey is a physiatrist specializing in the conservative treatment of acute sports medicine injuries and spine disorders particularly in the female athlete.
Jonathan S. Kirschner, MD, RMSK
Physiatry, Spine
Dr. Kirschner is a physiatrist specializing in interventional spine and sports medicine.
Emerald Lin, MD
Physiatry
Dr. Lin is a physiatrist and a physician of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Her expertise lies in managing acute and chronic concussion.
Gregory E. Lutz, MD
Physiatry, Spine
Dr. Lutz is a physiatrist specializing in intradiscal biologic injections and the nonsurgical management of spine and joint injuries.
Elizabeth M. Manejias, MD
Physiatry, Spine
Dr. Manejias is a physiatrist and acupuncturist at the HSS Integrative Care Center. She specializes in the nonsurgical care of spine, musculoskeletal and neurological injuries.
Peter J. Moley, MD
Physiatry, Sports Medicine, Spine, Hip Preservation
Dr. Moley is board certified in both physiatry and sports medicine. He specializes in the nonsurgical treatment of hip, lower back, and general joint injuries.
Vijay B. Vad, MD
Physiatry, Sports Medicine
Dr. Vad is a dually board certified physiatrist specializing in the minimally invasive, nonsurgical treatment of arthritis and sports injuries of the spine.
James F. Wyss, MD, PT
Physiatry, Sports Medicine, Spine
Dr. Wyss is a physiatrist specializing in the nonsurgical management and rehabilitation of common musculoskeletal and sports injuries, primarily in the hip and spine.

Research Staff

  • Jennifer Cheng, PhD
  • Kristen Santiago, BA
  • Madeline Leopold, BA

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

Physiatrist Researchers

Ellen Casey, MD
Physiatry
Dr. Casey is a physiatrist specializing in the conservative treatment of acute sports medicine injuries and spine disorders particularly in the female athlete.

Jonathan S. Kirschner, MD, RMSK
Physiatry, Spine
Dr. Kirschner is a physiatrist specializing in interventional spine and sports medicine.

Emerald Lin, MD
Physiatry
Dr. Lin is a physiatrist and a physician of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Her expertise lies in managing acute and chronic concussion.

Gregory E. Lutz, MD
Physiatry, Spine
Dr. Lutz is a physiatrist specializing in intradiscal biologic injections and the nonsurgical management of spine and joint injuries.

Elizabeth M. Manejias, MD
Physiatry, Spine
Dr. Manejias is a physiatrist and acupuncturist at the HSS Integrative Care Center. She specializes in the nonsurgical care of spine, musculoskeletal and neurological injuries.

Peter J. Moley, MD
Physiatry, Sports Medicine, Spine, Hip Preservation
Dr. Moley is board certified in both physiatry and sports medicine. He specializes in the nonsurgical treatment of hip, lower back, and general joint injuries.

Vijay B. Vad, MD
Physiatry, Sports Medicine
Dr. Vad is a dually board certified physiatrist specializing in the minimally invasive, nonsurgical treatment of arthritis and sports injuries of the spine.

James F. Wyss, MD, PT
Physiatry, Sports Medicine, Spine
Dr. Wyss is a physiatrist specializing in the nonsurgical management and rehabilitation of common musculoskeletal and sports injuries, primarily in the hip and spine.

Ellen Casey, MD
Physiatry
Dr. Casey is a physiatrist specializing in the conservative treatment of acute sports medicine injuries and spine disorders particularly in the female athlete.
Jonathan S. Kirschner, MD, RMSK
Physiatry, Spine
Dr. Kirschner is a physiatrist specializing in interventional spine and sports medicine.
Emerald Lin, MD
Physiatry
Dr. Lin is a physiatrist and a physician of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Her expertise lies in managing acute and chronic concussion.
Gregory E. Lutz, MD
Physiatry, Spine
Dr. Lutz is a physiatrist specializing in intradiscal biologic injections and the nonsurgical management of spine and joint injuries.
Elizabeth M. Manejias, MD
Physiatry, Spine
Dr. Manejias is a physiatrist and acupuncturist at the HSS Integrative Care Center. She specializes in the nonsurgical care of spine, musculoskeletal and neurological injuries.
Peter J. Moley, MD
Physiatry, Sports Medicine, Spine, Hip Preservation
Dr. Moley is board certified in both physiatry and sports medicine. He specializes in the nonsurgical treatment of hip, lower back, and general joint injuries.
Vijay B. Vad, MD
Physiatry, Sports Medicine
Dr. Vad is a dually board certified physiatrist specializing in the minimally invasive, nonsurgical treatment of arthritis and sports injuries of the spine.
James F. Wyss, MD, PT
Physiatry, Sports Medicine, Spine
Dr. Wyss is a physiatrist specializing in the nonsurgical management and rehabilitation of common musculoskeletal and sports injuries, primarily in the hip and spine.

Research Staff

  • Jennifer Cheng, PhD
  • Kristen Santiago, BA
  • Madeline Leopold, BA

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

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Recent publications

  • Moley PJ, Gribbin CK, Vargas E, Kelly BT. Co-diagnoses of spondylolysis and femoroacetabular impingement: a case series of adolescent athletes. J Hip Preserv Surg. 2018 Nov 27.
  • Feinberg JH, Mehta P, Gulotta LV, Allen AA, Altchek DW, Cordasco FA, Potter HG, Warren RF, Wickiewicz TL, Wolfe SW. Electrodiagnostic evidence of suprascapular nerve recovery after decompression. Muscle Nerve. 2018 Oct 5.
  • Daniels SP, Feinberg JH, Carrino JA, Behzadi AH, Sneag DB. MRI of foot drop: how we do it. Radiology. 2018 Oct;289(1):9-24.
  • Hagan KL, Hullfish TJ, Casey E, Baxter JR. Tendon structure quantified using ultrasound imaging differs based on location and training type. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2018 Sep 27.
  • Selter A, Tsangouri C, Ali SB, Freed D, Vatchinsky A, Kizer J, Sahuguet A, Vojta D, Vad V, Pollak JP, Estrin D. An mHealth app for self-management of chronic lower back pain (Limbr): pilot study. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2018 Sep 17;6(9):e179.
  • Casey E, Anderson T, Wideman L, Shofer FF, Shultz SJ. Optimal paradigms for measuring peak serum relaxin in eumenorrheic, active females. Reprod Med Int. 2018;1(2):006.
  • Liu Y, Carrino JA, Dash AS, Chukir T, Do H, Bockman RS, Hughes AP, Press JM, Stein EM. Lower spine volumetric bone density in patients with a history of epidural steroid injections. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2018 Sep 1;103(9):3405-3410.
  • Sneag DB, Rancy SK, Wolfe SW, Lee SC, Kalia V, Lee SK, Feinberg JH. Brachial plexitis or neuritis? MRI features of lesion distribution in Parsonage-Turner syndrome. Muscle Nerve. 2018 Sep;58(3):359-366.
  • Jeon T, Vutescu ES, Saltzman EB, Villa JC, Wolfe SW, Lee SK, Feinberg JH, Pownder SL, Dyke JP, Sneag DB. Evaluation of two collagen conduits and autograft in rabbit sciatic nerve regeneration with quantitative magnetic resonance DTI, electrophysiology, and histology. Eur Radiol Exp. 2018 Aug 8;2:19.
  • MacLean CH, Press JM, Craig CM, Schwab FJ, Albert TJ. How to implement a value-based spine program: perspectives from Hospital for Special Surgery. Semin Spine Surg. 2018;30(2):125-131.

Recent abstracts accepted or presented at conferences

  • 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. Accepted for poster presentation at AAP 2019.
  • Kirschner J, Cheng J, Hurwitz N, Lin E, Wendel I. Ultrasound-guided percutaneous needle tenotomy (PNT) versus PNT with intratendinous leukocyte-rich platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection for the treatment of chronic tendinosis. Presented at AAPM&R 2018.
  • Casey E, Ling D. Identification of risk factors for injury in women’s collegiate gymnastics with the Gymnastics Functional Measurement Tool. Presented at Weill Cornell Rehabilitation Research Day 2018.
  • Kirschner JS, Milani C, Hurwitz N, Cheng J. Retrospective review of cervical and lumbar radiofrequency ablation: association of patient-reported pain relief after response to 1 vs. 2 medial branch blocks and other clinical patient factors. Presented at Weill Cornell Rehabilitation Research Day 2018.
  • Casey E, Anderson T, Wideman L, Shofer FF, Shultz SJ. Optimal paradigms for measuring peak serum relaxin in eumorrheic, active females. Presented at Weill Cornell Rehabilitation Research Day 2018.
  • Dundas M, Kao D, Milani C, Abdelshahed D, Cheng J, Hurwitz N, Kirschner J. Variability among Physiatry fellows in preparing leukocyte-reduced platelet-rich plasma (PRP). Presented at Weill Cornell Rehabilitation Research Day 2018.
  • Dundas M, Hurwitz N, Cheng J, Kirschner J. Factors that present response to cervical interlaminar epidural steroid injections. Presented at Weill Cornell Rehabilitation Research Day 2018.

 

View photos of our physiatrists presenting at various conferences.

Recent publications

  • Moley PJ, Gribbin CK, Vargas E, Kelly BT. Co-diagnoses of spondylolysis and femoroacetabular impingement: a case series of adolescent athletes. J Hip Preserv Surg. 2018 Nov 27.
  • Feinberg JH, Mehta P, Gulotta LV, Allen AA, Altchek DW, Cordasco FA, Potter HG, Warren RF, Wickiewicz TL, Wolfe SW. Electrodiagnostic evidence of suprascapular nerve recovery after decompression. Muscle Nerve. 2018 Oct 5.
  • Daniels SP, Feinberg JH, Carrino JA, Behzadi AH, Sneag DB. MRI of foot drop: how we do it. Radiology. 2018 Oct;289(1):9-24.
  • Hagan KL, Hullfish TJ, Casey E, Baxter JR. Tendon structure quantified using ultrasound imaging differs based on location and training type. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2018 Sep 27.
  • Selter A, Tsangouri C, Ali SB, Freed D, Vatchinsky A, Kizer J, Sahuguet A, Vojta D, Vad V, Pollak JP, Estrin D. An mHealth app for self-management of chronic lower back pain (Limbr): pilot study. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2018 Sep 17;6(9):e179.
  • Casey E, Anderson T, Wideman L, Shofer FF, Shultz SJ. Optimal paradigms for measuring peak serum relaxin in eumenorrheic, active females. Reprod Med Int. 2018;1(2):006.
  • Liu Y, Carrino JA, Dash AS, Chukir T, Do H, Bockman RS, Hughes AP, Press JM, Stein EM. Lower spine volumetric bone density in patients with a history of epidural steroid injections. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2018 Sep 1;103(9):3405-3410.
  • Sneag DB, Rancy SK, Wolfe SW, Lee SC, Kalia V, Lee SK, Feinberg JH. Brachial plexitis or neuritis? MRI features of lesion distribution in Parsonage-Turner syndrome. Muscle Nerve. 2018 Sep;58(3):359-366.
  • Jeon T, Vutescu ES, Saltzman EB, Villa JC, Wolfe SW, Lee SK, Feinberg JH, Pownder SL, Dyke JP, Sneag DB. Evaluation of two collagen conduits and autograft in rabbit sciatic nerve regeneration with quantitative magnetic resonance DTI, electrophysiology, and histology. Eur Radiol Exp. 2018 Aug 8;2:19.
  • MacLean CH, Press JM, Craig CM, Schwab FJ, Albert TJ. How to implement a value-based spine program: perspectives from Hospital for Special Surgery. Semin Spine Surg. 2018;30(2):125-131.

Recent abstracts accepted or presented at conferences

  • 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. Accepted for poster presentation at AAP 2019.
  • Kirschner J, Cheng J, Hurwitz N, Lin E, Wendel I. Ultrasound-guided percutaneous needle tenotomy (PNT) versus PNT with intratendinous leukocyte-rich platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection for the treatment of chronic tendinosis. Presented at AAPM&R 2018.
  • Casey E, Ling D. Identification of risk factors for injury in women’s collegiate gymnastics with the Gymnastics Functional Measurement Tool. Presented at Weill Cornell Rehabilitation Research Day 2018.
  • Kirschner JS, Milani C, Hurwitz N, Cheng J. Retrospective review of cervical and lumbar radiofrequency ablation: association of patient-reported pain relief after response to 1 vs. 2 medial branch blocks and other clinical patient factors. Presented at Weill Cornell Rehabilitation Research Day 2018.
  • Casey E, Anderson T, Wideman L, Shofer FF, Shultz SJ. Optimal paradigms for measuring peak serum relaxin in eumorrheic, active females. Presented at Weill Cornell Rehabilitation Research Day 2018.
  • Dundas M, Kao D, Milani C, Abdelshahed D, Cheng J, Hurwitz N, Kirschner J. Variability among Physiatry fellows in preparing leukocyte-reduced platelet-rich plasma (PRP). Presented at Weill Cornell Rehabilitation Research Day 2018.
  • Dundas M, Hurwitz N, Cheng J, Kirschner J. Factors that present response to cervical interlaminar epidural steroid injections. Presented at Weill Cornell Rehabilitation Research Day 2018.

 

View photos of our physiatrists presenting at various conferences.

 

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