Strength and endurance lab


Our work in this area focuses on outlining factors that maybe related to the outcome of musculoskeletal procedures or treatments for degenerative musculoskeletal conditions. These factors include, biological, demographic, socioeconomic and clinical correlates related to change in pain or function in response to the procedure.

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Current Projects


  1. The Relationship between baseline synovial fluid biomarker concentrations and the outcome of injections for knee osteoarthritis.
    Co-Investigators: David Riopelle BS (Northwestern)
  2. Socioeconomic status and the outcome of Epidural Steroid Injections for Low Back Pain. Co-investigators: Rachel Bergman BA (U. Michigan), Kevin Huang DO (Shirley Ryan AbilityLab), Matthew Maas (Northwestern), Leah Welty (Northwestern)
  3. The Relationship between anxiety and depression and the outcome of common musculoskeletal procedures.  Co-investigators: Prabhav Deo MD (Shirley Ryan AbilityLab)
  4. Patient expectations and the outcome of spine injections.
    Co-investigators: Claire Fernandez BS (Northwestern), David Riopelle BS (Northwestern)
  5. Patient expectations and the outcome of knee injections.
    Co-investigators: Shirali Shah BS (Rosalind Franlin University)
  6. Novel Independent Risk Factors Associated with Unplanned Transfers in Cancer Rehabilitation. Co-investigators: Akash Bhakta DO, Ishan Roy MD, PhD, Kevin Huang DO (Shirley Ryan AbilityLab)
  7. The Functional Outcomes of individuals admitted for acute rehabilitation with COVID-19 related sequelae. Co-investigators: Sean Dreyer MD, Christopher Lewis MD, Kyle Fahey PT (Shirley Ryan AbilityLab)
  8. Factors related to the Discharge Disposition of Patients with COVID-19.
    Co-investigators: Christopher Lewis MD, Sean Dreyer MD, Kyle Fahey PT (Shirley Ryan AbilityLab)



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