Emilie Hicks, Daniel Podsiadlo, Alyx Flippin, Jessica Emory, Liz Wellsandt, Regg Strotheide, Katie Hedlund
Welcome to the Wellsandt Lab!
Our primary goal is to understand and optimize outcomes after lower extremity musculoskeletal injury to promote a safe return to pre-injury activities, lifelong physical activity and function, and long-term joint health. We use a variety of tools and measures to track outcomes after injury, including biomechanical movement analysis, physical activity monitoring using accelerometers, clinical measures such as functional performance measures and muscle strength, quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and biomarkers found in body fluids such as serum and synovial fluid. Our current projects focus on anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury and aim to identify modifiable determinants of secondary osteoarthritis development and determine the efficacy of a clinical return-to-sport battery on return-to-sport ability and reinjury rates. We use an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to identify critical challenges and solutions facing patients and clinicians in order to improve outcomes and maximize success after joint injury.
We appreciate your interest in our lab. If you have any questions or would like additional information about our lab, please contact the lab director:
Elizabeth Wellsandt, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS
Regg Strotheide (UNMC PT Student) received a College of Allied Health Professions-Student Research and Education Innovation Grant to study the effect of pre-operative physical therapy on return to sport performance and reinjury rates following ACL reconstruction (Mar 2018)
Dr. Wellsandt in collaboration with Dr. Matt Tao (UNMC) were awarded funding from the Nebraska Banker’s Association for a portable biomechanical walkway system (Apr 2018)
Grindem H, Wellsandt E, Failla M, Snyder-Mackler L, Risberg MA. Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury-Who Succeeds Without Reconstructive Surgery? The Delaware-Oslo ACL Cohort Study. Orthop J Sports Med. 2018 May 23;6(5):2325967118774255.
Wellsandt E, Golightly Y. Exercise in the management of knee and hip osteoarthritis. Curr Opin Rheumatol. 2018 Mar;30(2):151-159
Wellsandt E, Zeni JA, Axe MJ, Snyder-Mackler L. Hip joint biomechanics in those with and without post-traumatic knee osteoarthritis after anterior cruciate ligament injury. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2017 Dec;50:63-69.