More about LECOM’s request for musculoskeletal research participants

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The way we move can tell us a lot about our health.  Technology is being introduced to LECOM to help detect abnormalities of movement. 

These small body sensors could change the way you’re diagnosed for musculoskeletal disorders like acute joint pain, arthritis, sports trauma, and more.  Early detection could even prevent injuries. 

Dr. Joshua Tuck, Director of LECOM Musculoskeletal Institute, says, “To be able to be to identify people appropriate for job duties and to be able to decrease the risk of potential injury down the road is huge.”

The newly established institute is starting its first research initiative, delving into detection and treatment of such disorders.  The institute’s director will lead the study using a Musculoskeletal Disorder Reporting system, or MSDR .

Tuck says, “I think any research like this that can help intervene sooner, diagnose more appropriately–objectively–like Dr. Bilkovski said that the clinical implications for this platform are really limitless.”

The researchers are looking for 100 people without shoulder injuries to set a baseline when comparing the function of people with shoulder injuries. 

Dr. Robert Bilkovski, CEO of Medappraise, says, “In healthy volunteers, we’re looking to try to get what’s called normative data. Identify an individual that has no shoulder abnormalities, apply the MSDR, look at what the MSDR scores are…”

In combination with data and questionnaires, doctors will then compare the effectiveness of treatment options.  According to Dr. Bilkovski, over time, patients could see relief in their bodies and their pockets. 

People interested in participating in the study can sign up now.  Evaluations and treatments will begin in January.

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