Check Out Our Current Research Projects

Clinical Research Projects:

1. Clinical Examination Predictors of Intra-Articular Knee Pathology: A Prospective Predictive Analysis of Clinical Examination and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (William Sterett, MD). The goal of this study is to identify common clinical examination predictors for clinicians, in particular primary care physicians, physician assistants, athletic trainers, physical therapists, orthopaedic surgeons, and other clinicians who frequently evaluate knee pathology, to use in determining next steps for clinical diagnosis and treatment.

2. Short Term Complications Among Tibial Plateau Fracture Patients Treated with Immediate vs. Delayed Open Reduction Internal Fixation (Terrell Joseph, MD). The goal of this study is to determine whether patients have a better outcome if they have internal fixation surgery immediately after the injury compared to waiting at least a day after the injury for surgery. This information will be useful for orthopaedic surgeons who treat these injuries. Sports Trauma treated in the Vail Valley seem to be more amenable to immediate, rather than delayed, fixation without the risks observed in other centers.

3. Perioperative Pain Control and Anesthesia Among Orthopaedic Fracture Patients Comparing Marijuana Users to Nonusers (Peter Janes, MD). The goal of this study is to provide evidence to support or refute the anecdotal notions that marijuana users may require additional perioperative anesthesia and pain control requirements. This information would shed light on a potential healthcare issue arising secondary to marijuana legalization, and would also be generalizable to illicit drug users in other regions. The information provided will be useful for both orthopaedic surgeons who treat injuries among marijuana users and for anesthesiologists who care for these patients during operative intervention.

Orthopaedic Biomechanics Research Projects (for which we serve as medical advisors):

1. Fusion Motion Capture During Alpine Skiing: The Missing Link to Injury and Performance Assessment (University of Denver Human Dynamics Laboratory). In collaboration with University of Colorado Hospital, Montana State University, Vail Ski and Snowboard Club, and Vail-Summit Orthopaedic Foundation, we are developing an innovative line of research that uses musculoskeletal modeling to inform and plan more effective injury prevention strategies and instructional techniques to ultimately enhance downhill skiing performance.

2. Knee Injury Risk and Risk Reduction of Professional Ski Instructors (University of Denver Human Dynamics Laboratory). The primary goals of this research are to determine the risk of work place knee injuries that may lead to the development of clinical symptoms and the effects of two intervention products on these risks: directional compression tights and ski bindings with a lateral heel release.

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