“Movement Analysis of Patients with Symptomatic Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)” is a prospective study evaluating symptomatic FAI patients using 3-D motion capture technology to quantify joint forces, kinematics, and kinetics of morphologically normal and abnormal hips.
The study “Evaluation of the role of femoral version in acetabular loading and cartilage damage,” funded by the University of Colorado Orthopedics Pilot Grant, models the changes in loading forces within the hip joint as femoral torsion changes. This three-part study includes a retrospective review of patients, a biomechanical analysis of cadaver specimens, and finite element modeling to evaluate joint forces as hip anatomy changes. This study is being conducted in collaboration with the University of Colorado Denver Department of Biomechanical Engineering
Outcomes of Pelvic and Hip Apophyseal Avulstion Fractures in Adolescents
Pelvic avulsion fractures (PAF) are most commonly seen in skeletally immature, adolescent athletes as a result of strong and sudden muscle contraction. Given the relatively uncommon nature of pelvic avulsion fractures, most previous studies are small retrospective case series with limited clinical and radiographic outcomes to report. The purpose of this multi-center study is to prospectively collect data on operative versus non-operative treatment, long-term radiographic and clinical outcomes, the incidence of complications, mechanism of injury, and return to sports rates in children and adolescents with pelvic avulsion fractures. This multi-center study includes nine other institutions around the United States and will allow for the analysis and comparison of outcomes in a larger cohort with pelvic avulsion fractures than has previously been studied.