Groundbreaking Clinical Research for Children with Bone, Muscle and Joint Conditions
Our team at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s is passionate about changing and improving lives for young people with orthopedic conditions. As an academic medical center, we have an active research enterprise that works continually to discover new therapies, technologies and techniques. Some of the most widely used processes today, like neuro-monitoring for spine surgery, were invented right here at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s.
At any given time, our clinical research team is participating in over 100 studies approved by the Institutional Review Board. We are an affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, a national leader in medical education and research with consistent rankings among the top research medical schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
Landmark Studies for Scoliosis Treatment and Advanced Spine Techniques
At UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s, we have participated in the development of advanced surgical techniques for scoliosis and spine surgery. Our research team pioneered a less invasive approach to spinal surgery, which involves operating through the chest rather than from the back. This improves mobility of the spine and guides spinal growth while offering patients a less painful surgery option – with a speedier recovery time. As one of the major contributors of the International Growing Spine Study Group, our pediatric orthopedic team at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s continues to provide advanced treatment options for our young patients.
Innovations in Care through Neuromuscular Disease Research
Our physician-scientists are helping develop groundbreaking treatments for neuromuscular diseases. One study involves a device attached to the bone at different points using wires. With computer navigation, we can shift the bone into better alignment. This is similar to how braces straighten teeth. This new technique has proven to improve function and decrease spasticity, or muscle tightness, in children with neuromuscular disorders like multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy. In collaboration with other research groups, we are innovating more spasticity management techniques using injections, medications and surgeries. Through this dedication to neuromuscular research and discovery, our team is able to offer highly advanced and novel procedures only done by a handful of orthopedic surgeons across the U.S.
Improving Outcomes for Limb Deformities
Through our relationship with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, our pediatric orthopedic specialists are advancing research and surgical techniques to correct limb and hip deformities. We focus on research and discovery of the anatomy, physiology and molecular biology of growth plates, which determine the length and shape of the fully mature bone. This knowledge and expertise can help us with many limb deformities, either from birth or through traumatic injury, for which growth plate expertise is critical to successful surgery and long-term bone health.