Research and Impact

Musculoskeletal conditions affect one in every two persons in the United States. These conditions are some of the leading causes of chronic pain and lifetime disability and contribute to increasing medical care expenditures and loss in productivity. 

The Vanderbilt Center for Musculoskeletal Research is dedicated to improving patient outcomes by focusing on both the physical and mental health aspects of recovery after injury and surgery. Our research includes assessing risk factors for poor outcomes and managing pain and function through non-pharmacologic strategies. 

Center faculty have been supported by government and non-government entities including:

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
  • Department of Defense (DoD)
  • Foundation for Physical Therapy
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA)
  • Orthopaedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)

Results from our research are shared with clinicians and patients worldwide through peer-reviewed journals, monthly newsletters, training events, scientific conferences, and community forums.

Recognized for our expertise in orthopaedics, rehabilitation, behavioral health, and chronic pain the Vanderbilt Center for Musculoskeletal Research collaborates with leaders of similar specialties to advance treatment options for individuals with musculoskeletal conditions.