Research Update

Recent Happenings:

In October, Dr. Bodor participated in the Musculoskeletal Performance Research Symposium at UCSF, organized by the UCSF Musculoskeletal Center and sponsored by the Read Research Foundation (RRF). The symposium was a collaboration between UCSF, The Buck Institute for Aging, the Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Colorado and NMRF. The goal was to find strategies to minimize the impact of aging and disability caused by neuromuscular and musculoskeletal disorders.


In November, Dr. Bodor participated in the UCSF Neurosurgery Resident Spine Lab, taught by NMRF Board member Phil Weinstein MD, Praveen Mummaneni MD and others.


Also in November, Dr. Bodor gave Grand Rounds lectures at the Department of PMR, Rutgers Medical School, NJ, where he presented three lectures:
1) Biologics for discs; 2) Ultrasound-guided carpal tunnel release surgery; 3) Advanced ultrasound techniques.


Regenerative Medicine Studies:

Spinal Disc Degeneration

The research team is tracking outcomes of 604 intradiscal PRP procedures on 489 patients and 1,137 discs.

Knee: Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Biologic Repair (UC Davis IRB approved)

One patient, a 15-year-old ski racer from Squaw Valley, was treated in December 2020 and his outcomes are being tracked. He is fully recovered and is back to skiing this winter.


Platelet Biology:

NMRF has been notified by the United States Patent and Trademark Office that our Platelet Lysate Patent titled “Method of Producing the Constituents of a Therapeutic Product Derived from Mammalian Cells” will be awarded. In the upcoming months, Ryan Dregalla will have discussions with the Board regarding possible next steps.


Future Studies:

The research team would like to do a randomized controlled trial of PRP for cervical facet joint pain after whiplash injury. Dr. Bodor would also like to study the use of PRP to treat orthopedic disorders of the jaw.

Ultrasound Guided Surgery:

Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA) – Tenex (IRB Approved)
The research team’s paper describing a new method of diagnosis and treatment, including outcomes on five patients, was accepted by the Cell Press journal, Heliyon. The NMRF research team is tracking outcomes on additional 15 patients who had this procedure.

Carpal Tunnel Release

The team continues to track outcomes after ultrasound-guided carpal tunnel release. Outcomes are being tracked at 2 weeks, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and 1 year.


Case Studies

Exertional Compartment Syndrome – the NMRF research team is tracking a patient and her outcomes for two years after her procedure. She had suffered from the condition for 20 years and was treated at Stanford, with no improvement. Dr. Bodor was able to successfully treat her using an ultrasound-guided compartment release surgery. She plans to be a speaker at one of NMRF’s future fundraising events.

Diagnostic and Interventional Ultrasound Studies

Dr. Bodor and his team are working on the proofs for
“Cervical and Thoracic Spine Procedures, Emerging Topics” book chapters in: Atlas of Interventional Orthopedics – Essential Guide for Fluoroscopy and Ultrasound Guided Procedures published by Elsevier.


Ultrasound-guided Cervical Facet Injections Study paper (IRB approved) has been accepted by The Spine Journal.


Coming Up


Dr. Bodor will be speaking at two medical conferences in Colorado over the next few months on the topics of cervical discs, carpal tunnel, the low back, Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA), and carpal tunnel.

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