Jonathan T. Finnoff, D.O., has published original research related to many different subjects in sports and musculoskeletal medicine.
One of Dr. Finnoff's primary areas of research involves the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound to diagnose musculoskeletal conditions and perform interventional procedures. He also performs research related to sports concussion identification and management, the diagnosis and treatment of exertional leg pain, and the treatment of tendon disorders.
Additionally, Dr. Finnoff is interested in identifying risk factors for sports-related injuries and developing injury prevention programs based upon this information. He also has a strong interest in evaluating the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of regenerative medicine applications in sports medicine.
- Diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound. Dr. Finnoff has evaluated the ability of diagnostic ultrasound to identify various pathologic conditions. He has also evaluated the accuracy of ultrasound-guided interventional procedures such as joint injections. Dr. Finnoff has also investigated the ability of ultrasound-guided interventions to effectively deliver growth factors to damaged tissues to stimulate tissue healing.
- Regenerative medicine. Dr. Finnoff has evaluated the efficacy of injecting growth factors in the form of platelet-rich plasma into damaged tendon tissue to stimulate tissue regeneration and healing.
- Injury risk and prevention. Dr. Finnoff has investigated the association between hip muscle weakness and the development of knee pain in running athletes.
- Concussion identification and management. Dr. Finnoff has evaluated the reliability of several different tests that are commonly used to identify concussions.
- Exertional leg pain identification and management. Dr. Finnoff has investigated the ability of a novel MRI protocol to noninvasively diagnose chronic exertional compartment syndrome in athletes.
Significance to patient care
Dr. Finnoff's research has improved the understanding of the accuracy of ultrasound-guided procedures relative to palpation-guided procedures. This research has been used by national societies to develop practice guidelines and position statements relative to ultrasound-guided procedures. Dr. Finnoff''s hope is that his research will lead to changes in clinical practice resulting in earlier injury identification, improved treatment, reduced risk of re-injury, safe return to play and reduced health care costs.
- Head team physician, U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, 2014-present
- Board of directors, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), 2013-present
- Member at large, board of governors, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R), 2012-present
- Chair, Sports Ultrasound Presidential Task Force, AMSSM, 2013-2015
- Chair, Musculoskeletal Council, AAPM&R, 2010-2012