The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is on a mission to engage wounded warriors in a DoD-funded research study that they hope will provide increased ease and mobility for those who have sustained a lower leg injury, by providing a custom-fitted IDEO brace, physical therapy and orthopedic evaluation follow-up, at no charge.
Patient enrollment is currently underway at their study sites at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, San Antonio Military Medical Center and Naval Medical Center San Diego. All three sites are part of the Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium (METRC), a DoD funded group of military and civilian clinical centers, dedicated to improving outcomes of traumatic injuries through research.
The IDEO brace and the Return to Run program offers our warriors an option to amputation; and many who are currently using the IDEO say it has literally changed their life and their ability to manage pain. This life altering plan of treatment is for those suffering with a traumatic lower leg injury or considering limb amputation as a final option to relieve pain. Their goal is to replicate the success of the IDEO and Return to Run program nationwide.
Participants in the study complete a physical test and questionnaire at the beginning and again at the conclusion of the study so researchers can compare results. Six months later they’ll complete a phone survey, and then, after a year, they’ll return to their treatment center for additional evaluations.
Service members and veterans interested in participating can start the enrollment process at www.prioriti-mtf.org.