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Craig Hospital Research Update

May 12, 2015

The Craig Hospital Research Department conducts a wide variety of applied spinal cord injury (SCI) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) rehabilitation research. The department receives funds from a variety of sources, including the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Colorado TBI Trust Fund, the Department of Defense, and more. In addition, funds raised at the annual PUSH dinner and through generous donations to the Craig Hospital Foundation support basic and clinical research.

The department is currently working on a variety of Foundation-funded research projects, including:

  • Translational Research on Neuropathic Pain in SCI. A joint project with the laboratory of Linda Watkins, Ph.D. at the University of Colorado Boulder to explore genomics and biochemistry of neuropathic pain following SCI. The objective of this research is to analyze tissue samples from the spinal cords of patients with neuropathic pain who have undergone dorsal root entry zone surgical treatment in an attempt to identity treatment opportunities for investigation in clinical trials.
  • Manual Therapy for the Treatment of Shoulder Pain for Overuse Syndrome. This is a pilot randomized controlled trial to examine the potential benefit of manual therapy to treat shoulder pain in persons with paraplegia that are manual wheelchair dependent for mobility.
  • Observational Case Series Measuring Impact of Ankle Foot Orthoses for Persons with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) or SCI and Spasticity. This pilot study is to observe the impact of the use of insoles with tone inhibiting qualities on foot loading patterns and gain kinematics and ankle foot orthoses designs for the management of spasticity for persons with ABI or SCI.
  • Post Traumatic Hydrocephalus (PTH): Clinical Characteristics and Rehabilitation Outcomes. This pilot study will describe the incidence, clinical characteristics, complications and outcomes of patients diagnosed with clinically significant PTH who underwent ventricular shunting while participating in inpatient rehabilitation at Craig.
  • Retrospective Analysis of Treatment of Bacteriuria in Patients with SCI. The purpose of this pilot study is to determine if treating bacteriuria prior to transition from an indwelling catheter to a less invasive bladder management program reduces the frequency of urinary tract infections within 30 days of transition for SCI in-patients undergoing rehabilitation.

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