Research & Clinical Trials
Research is a top priority of the Division, with the goal of discovering the best approaches for treating orthopedic problems and disorders.
Our Orthopedic Research Program has three key components:
1. Orthopedic Biomechanics Research Center
The Center is currently:
- Testing new spinal implant constructs for scoliosis.
- Testing different pins available for use in fracture repair.
- Evaluating a new technique for rotator cuff repairs.
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2. Motion Analysis Laboratory
A Motion Analysis Laboratory uses modern computer technology to obtain a detailed report of how different parts of the body interact when they are in motion. This information is then compared to normal movement patterns. By studying the differences, an individualized treatment plan with recommendations for spasticity management, braces, physical therapy and/or surgery can be developed. To obtain a gait study, please contact us.
3. Clinical Research Centers
There are five centers of clinical research:
Center for Spinal Deformities
Rady Children’s is a core site for a multicenter, international study on the outcomes of scoliosis surgery. This study has reached its 10th year, with one of the most comprehensive scoliosis databases in the world (more than 3,000 patients and follow-up visits up to 15 years post-operative). Another ongoing study is looking at the effects of spinal fusion operations on trunk motion after surgery.
International Center for Pediatric Hip Disorders
The Center conducts research on the prevalence, diagnosis, and treatment of pediatric hip deformities; specifically, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease; slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE); developmental dysplasia of the hip, and femoro-acetabular impingement (FAI).
Trauma Research Center
The Center investigates patterns and trends of traumatic injury in children, as well as outcomes of treating orthopedic injuries, including diagnostic assessment of injury and long term sequelae of growth plate injuries.
Sports Research Center
The Center focuses on investigating patterns and trends of sports injury in children and adolescents (including young adults). Current studies utilize 3D technology to evaluate injury patterns and multi-center databases to assess outcomes.
Center for Orthopedic Outcomes
The Center conducts research on the treatment of various orthopedic conditions not included in the four subspecialty centers. This center encompasses a registry of all children seen at our orthopedic department. Ongoing projects include effects of obesity on the childhood musculoskeletal system and management of multiple congenital and acquired hand and foot pathologies.
Tracey Bastrom, Research Program Manager
Orthopedic and Scoliosis Center
3030 Children’s Way, Third Floor
San Diego, CA 92123