Research and Clinical Trials

Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Research

UC San Diego Health’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has its own award-winning researchers, who use clinical, physiological, cellular and molecular tools to study a range of medical topics, such as: 

  • The cause and repair of muscle injury
  • The use of anti-inflammatory medications to heal tissues
  • Development of noninvasive diagnostic methods to study muscle, tendon, ligament and bone
  • The role of exercise in injury prevention and recovery
  • Exercise interventions to increase health and prevent type 2 diabetes
  • Creation of novel rehabilitation methods for use in injury recovery
  • Use of modeling to optimize and test novel surgical repair methods
  • Creation of novel intraoperative tools to assist surgeons during procedures

Our surgeons and scientists are colleagues, working side-by-side to advance orthopedic and sports medicine care. Our scientists are exposed to the most important clinical problems and empowered to study and solve them, while our surgeons are provided with the most modern tools available to prevent, study or repair injured tissue.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are highly regulated health-related research studies that help move advances in the treatment of disease and injuries forward into clinical practice. They offer people the chance to receive newly developed therapies and provide crucial information for improving care. The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is currently conducting clinical trials involving a broad range of orthopedic conditions, technologies and procedures. Click the button below to find clinical trials at UC San Diego Health that are currently seeking participants.

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