Past studies



Past studies



Learner Letter

Study Name:


Influence of a Letter on Patient Opinion Regarding Residents and Students


Principal Investigator(s):


Co-Investigator(s):

Jonathan Braman MD ; Brad Nelson MD ; Marc Tompkins MD ; Jeffrey Macalena, MD

Diagnosis Being Studied:

Physicians at TRIA Orthopaedic Center have the privilege of providing training to residents and medical students throughout our clinic and surgery center. As part of this training, residents and medical students are involved in all aspect of patient care from consultations to surgery.

Innovation:

As educating future doctors is one of the important missions at TRIA, we are studying how our patients understand the role that students have in their care.


ACL Long Term Follow-up

Study Name:


Long Term Follow Up of ACL Reconstructions of a Single Surgeon


Principal Investigator(s):

David Fischer MD

Diagnosis Being Studied:

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is one of the four major ligaments that make up the knee. A tear of the ACL may require reconstruction using another tendon or ligament to substitute the torn ligament. An ACL reconstruction is performed to stabilize the knee, restore function, and prevent additional damage to other structures in the knee. 

Innovation:

Evaluate the long-term outcomes of patients who have undergone an ACL reconstruction to determine return to sport/activity, graft health, knee function, knee osteoarthritis, and concomitant surgeries. 


Low Back Pain

Study Name:


Does Prescriptive Treatment of the Hips Improve Outcomes in Patients with Low Back Pain? A Randomized Controlled Trial


Principal Investigator(s):

Brad Nelson MD

Co-Investigator(s):

Travis Gunderson PT, DPT, OCS

Diagnosis Being Studied:

Low back pain (LBP) is a common injury in the general adult population. A specific type of LBP called mechanical low back pain is a general term which refers to any type of back pain originating in the vertebral column and is influenced by movement. Whether acute or chronic, mechanical LBP can lead to functional limitations and disability, and is a prominent complaint of individuals seeking medical care. One treatment approach that has been advocated as an intervention for mechanical LBP is the simultaneous treatment of the hip and low back.

Innovation:

Determine whether a formal prescriptive treatment protocol for the hips along with the low back improves outcomes in patients with low back pain.


Knee Osteoarthritis

Study Name:


Evaluating the Efficacy of Lateral Heel Wedges for Osteoarthritis of the Knee


Principal Investigator(s):

Marc Tompkins MD

Diagnosis Being Studied:

Knee osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition in which the cartilage that protects the knee joint wears down over a period of time. Given the prevalence of osteoarthritis of the knee and the general aging trends of the population, it is important to develop effective non-operative interventions to reduce pain and improve function in the adult population with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee.

Innovation:

The purpose of this investigation is to document the acceptability and effectiveness of a shoe insert in a group of patients with significant osteoarthritis of the knee.


Rotator Cuff Repair

Study Name:


Arthoscopic Rotator Cuff Repair using Standard Double Row Technique with Platelet Rich Fibrin Membrane vs. Standard Double Row Technique: A Randomized Blinded Outcomes Study


Principal Investigator(s):

Mike Walsh MD

Co-Investigator(s):

Brad Nelson MD ; Jonathan Braman MD ; Marc Tompkins MD

Diagnosis Being Studied:

The shoulder joint is essential for placing the hand in positions of function for activities of daily living and strenuous physical activities, like sports and exercise. Unlike the hip joint, the shoulder is dependent on the rotator cuff muscles to keep it stable in all ranges of motion and in all activities thereby allowing pain-free shoulder motion. This defines the critical importance of the rotator cuff muscles and the cascade of events that follow when cuff integrity is compromised.

Innovation:

Evaluate the outcomes of patients treated with arthroscopic rotator cuff repair using one of two techniques. The first technique utilizes medial and laterally based anchor fixation. The second technique also utilizes medial and laterally based anchor fixation, but in combination with a platelet rich fibrin membrane.




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