Category: Research

Our doctors are involved in significant research, constantly moving the frontier of orthopaedic medicine forward. Their continuing search for new and better ways to improve the health and lives of our patients ensures they are always aware of the latest advancements. Some of which, they’re creating. Find out more here.

How Our Research Benefits Spokane Patients

Posted on April 18, 2019

Did you know Orthopaedic Specialty Clinic contributes more to the field of orthopedic research than any other clinic in the area? It’s true. This means huge things for our Spokane total knee replacement patients. Not only do they get industry leading perspective and care, it also means we take extra diligence with our work that is not easily paralleled in other healthcare environments. Dr. Scott has been studying different types of total knee device designs,

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Dr. Scott Publishes Article with Dr. Steven Howell in Orthopedics Today

Posted on March 26, 2019

Last month, we told you about Dr. David F. Scott’s work with advancing performance of total knee replacements through innovative knee implant designs and surgical techniques. The article was picked up by several news outlets, and last month, Dr. Scott and Dr. Steven Howell collaborated on an article about these techniques that was published in the February issue of Orthopedics Today.

The article, titled “Kinematic alignment possible with manual instrumentation,

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Doctor Scott is Advancing Performance of Total Knee Replacements

Posted on February 18, 2019

Our very own Dr. David F. Scott, a leading orthopedic surgeon and researcher, is exploring new, innovative knee implant designs and surgical techniques made for custom fit total knee replacements.

The basis for this improved knee replacement performance is an anatomical approach, whereby an implant is placed in the native joint line of a patient’s knee using specific anatomic landmarks around the knee to guide the orientation of the prosthetic components in an attempt to restore the joint to its pre-arthritic position and function.

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Dr. Scott Presents to the International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty (ISTA) in London, England

Posted on November 6, 2018

On October 11, Dr. David Scott presented to the International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty (ISTA) in London, England.

Founded in 1988, the ISTA was created to bring together surgeons and technologists to spur new innovation and development of new technology and promote public awareness, education and research, in arthroplasty. Every year, abstracts are submitted for presentation and a board of experts select a small percentage. The conference is attended by orthopaedic surgeons,

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Knee Replacements: One Position Fits None

Posted on September 7, 2018

No two knees are alike, and just like clothing or shoes, fit is important. You wouldn’t buy one-size-fits-all sneakers. Why would you chose a one-size-fits-all knee?

While most knee replacements are placed in an “average” position, with fixed positions and angles that are identical for all patients (regardless of their individual anatomy), at Orthopaedic Specialty Clinic, Dr. Scott custom aligns knee implants to match each patient’s individual anatomy. These precise, custom alignments help to improve function of the knee replacement and increase patient’s overall satisfaction.

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Dr. Scott Presents at the 2018 AAOS Annual Meeting

Posted on April 17, 2018

The week of March 6-10, Dr. David Scott traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana to present research findings at the annual American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) meeting.

Founded in 1933, “the AAOS is the preeminent provider of musculoskeletal education to orthopaedic surgeons and others in the world.”

The AAOS annual meeting brings together over 20,000 attendees, from orthopaedic surgeons to researchers and health professionals, and features speakers, presentations, awards,

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Dr. John Craw Brings the Latest in Carpal Tunnel Surgery Techniques to OSC

Posted on October 13, 2015
You're in good hands with OSC

When it comes to the latest in carpal tunnel surgery, you’re in good hands with OSC.

Endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery has been around for over 20 years, but there are still few surgeons trained to do the procedure. In fact, there are only a very small number of trained surgeons in the Inland Northwest that are able to perform the surgery at all.

This is one of the many reasons OSC is excited to have Dr.

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Joint Noises, From Knuckles to Knees

Posted on May 5, 2015
Joint noises

Your joints can make a lot of noises: popping, cracking, and snapping. It could be the casual knuckle crack that you do while thinking or the pop in your knees or ankles when you stand up suddenly. If you’re like most people, you probably don’t think much about the chorus of noises that your joints make while moving through your day. But what are these noises? As surprising as it sounds,

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New FDA Phase Two Study

Posted on June 18, 2014

We are very happy to announce that we were recently selected as a Phase Two site for an osteoarthritis study. We are one of only 25 sites in the world selected and one of only 9 sites in the United States to qualify (the rest are in Europe). We can’t share too many details, aside from the fact that this is for a new class of drug unlike anything on the market currently,

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Building a Better Knee

Posted on March 8, 2014

There are many aspects of knee research that can impact the overall effectiveness and quality of life for patients. Did you know OSC in Spokane is the only clinic active in all major aspects of knee replacement research? Learn about these areas and how they can impact your overall care.

Pre-Surgical Options

Before surgery is even considered, the efficacy and merit of all non-surgical options should be weighed very heavily. OSC has performed in-depth studies related to industry leading joint lubricants that could be a large part of your effective care.

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Bone Density Research and Implant Longevity

Posted on March 1, 2014

OSC has participated in several research projects that deal with bone density and the longevity of knee and hip implants. Previously knee and hip replacements were only considered for much older patients. Now however, many little breakthroughs in medical science have added up to implants that last longer and longer, providing more robust solutions for younger and younger patients.

Eventually a patient who has a knee or hip replacement will eventually begin to lose calcium content near the implant site though.

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How Research Can Impact Your Care

Posted on February 8, 2014

Many patients wonder how treatment at a clinical research facility like OSC may differ from going to a standard orthopaedic specialist. The simple version is: Performing clinical research demands a highly regulated environment with numerous levels of protocols and standards to ensure the patient’s rights and safety. These regulations translate to a higher degree of attention paid to each patient and better overall care.

A subject participating in a clinical research project may be required to get very specific x-rays,

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MAKOplasty in Spokane

Posted on January 15, 2014

OSC is excited to announce that we now offer an innovative new treatment option for those suffering with osteoarthritis of the knee. MAKOplasty is a minimally invasive surgery performed using robotic arm technology. The robotic arm system, called the RIO®, is a surgeon-controlled device that brings a new level of precision to knee surgery.

MAKOplasty provides a less invasive, more precise way to treat patients suffering from osteoarthritis of just one or two compartments of the knee.

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Meet Spokane’s Leading Orthopaedic Researcher

Posted on December 8, 2013

Did you know Dr. David F. Scott, here at OSC, is the region’s foremost orthopaedic researcher? Dr. Scott has worked with top orthopaedic manufacturers to help engineer the implant parts of the future like the Stryker Triathlon Total Knee Replacement System. He is sought after by leading pharmaceutical companies for his clinical research expertise and is on the academic staff at both the University of Utah and the University of Washington.

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Dr. David Scott Presents to the AAHKS

Posted on December 1, 2013

Dr. Scott was recently selected to present to a huge audience at the annual November meeting of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. This presentation marks a significant milestone in two on-going studies regarding the efficacy of total knee replacements.

Read the full abstract of his mid-term presentation here.  Or check out the his PowerPoint.

The most significant preliminary finding in this research has been a four-minute tourniquet time difference between the implant surgeries.

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