Orthopedic knee surgeon with The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo., and chief medical research officer for the Steadman Philippon Research Institute, Dr. Robert F. LaPrade, discusses the biggest trends and challenges in sports medicine research today. In a recent article put out on Becker’s Orthopedic Review, Dr. LaPrade highlights the growing areas within the field including articular cartilage, high quality MRI imaging and biomechanically and clinically-validated anatomic reconstructions. In the article, Dr. LaPrade states, “I believe that one development that will most affect how we treat patients over the next year will be the further validation of the use of growth factors and stem cells, in effect biologic treatments in peer review literature. Unfortunately, multiple different means to look at growth factors and stem cells have been put forward in human trials without any validation in animal models.”

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