Children's Hospital Colorado

Research and Innovation at the Orthopedics Institute

When you come to the Orthopedics Institute, you know your child is receiving the most advanced care possible. It’s also important to know that in addition to offering state-of-the-art treatments today, every member of our team is focused on improving the treatments and therapies we’ll use in the future.

Our team uses several types of research, including basic, translational and clinical research:

  • Basic research focuses on understanding things like the biological causes of a certain condition, such as cerebral palsy.
  • Translational research takes a scientific (or laboratory) idea and makes it applicable in the medical setting.
  • Clinical research involves testing things like new therapies, treatments or drugs with patients to see if they offer better outcomes than the current standard of care.

Areas of research within the Orthopedics Institute

We focus on several research areas within the Orthopedics Institute, including:

  • Gait and movement
  • Hip impingement
  • Scoliosis
  • Spine
  • Sports medicine
  • Traumatic brain injury

Our research has changed the way we deliver care

Many of our clinical research studies have already led to changes and improvements in treatment.

  • The Center for Gait and Movement Analysis uses 3-D motion capture technology to determine if patients will benefit from specific surgeries. The technology is now an integral part of pre- and post-operative evaluations.
  • Orthopedic oncology specialists offer a variety of limb-sparing surgeries, the Van Ness procedure and clinical trials that result in optimal outcomes and improved quality of life.
  • Our spine team developed and documented a process to care for high-risk pediatric spine surgery patients that improved outcomes and decreased patients’ length of stay. This approach is serving a model for other programs within the Orthopedics Institute and across the country.

Biometrics of Sports Performance and Training: The BRICK Program

The Center for Gait and Movement Analysis (CGMA) is using 3-D motion capture in a new way through the BRICK Program. Working with our sports medicine team, the CGMA staff can analyze an athlete’s movements to suggest injury prevention and performance-enhancement tips.


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