Patients are participating in musculoskeletal research around the world

We currently have a number of clinical trials and research studies seeking patients managing various musculoskeletal conditions. We can help find trials and research studies near you and may help you to get access to those opportunities.

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Musculoskeletal clinical trials and research studies

What is the musculoskeletal system and musculoskeletal conditions?

The musculoskeletal system refers to the body’s muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and connective tissue. The skeleton provides the framework for muscles and other soft tissue, and they all grow and change throughout life. Bones store minerals, fats and produce important blood cells in the bone marrow. Together, this complex system supports the body’s weight, maintains posture, protects vital organs and allows movement.

There are a number of injuries, disorders and diseases that can cause problems in the musculoskeletal system, such as arthritis, osteoporosis, bone fractures, cancer, congenital abnormalities including clubfoot, and genetic diseases including muscular dystrophy and brittle bone disease (Osteogenesis Imperfecta). Some conditions are closely associated with the natural aging process, with the loss of bone density and muscle mass, and the wearing away of cartilage. These conditions can affect movement, speech and the body’s stability, and they can cause pain.

With such a wide range of conditions and causes, how they are diagnosed, managed and treated take many different forms.

Where is musculoskeletal condition research now?

Understanding the underlying causes of musculoskeletal conditions, and how to better diagnose, prevent, manage or treat them are areas of intense research. This research ranges from investigating bone and muscle development on a molecular level in the lab, to improving physical rehabilitation programs for patients in the clinic. Many of these types of clinical studies are directly aimed at improving the quality of life of patients in an immediate and tangible way.

The most cutting-edge research in this field aims to develop new drugs that modulate the immune system, stem cell treatments, gene therapies and medical devices for a range of musculoskeletal conditions, disorders and diseases.

How can I get involved in musculoskeletal condition research?

Getting involved in musculoskeletal condition research and clinical trials may be a part of your treatment plan, or it may help pave the way in developing new diagnostics, therapies, management plans or medical devices that will benefit others. There are a large number of clinical trials and research studies undertaken each year to further understand, prevent, manage and treat different types of musculoskeletal conditions.

Participants participated for musculoskeletal trials around the world

Opin’s direct-to-patient approach can reduce participant timelines to weeks, not months.

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Musculoskeletal clinical trials and research studies around the world

111 trials

Phase 1

174 trials

Phase 2

109 trials

Phase 3

124 trials

Phase 4

1,689 trials


Leading areas of musculoskeletal research

Types of musculoskeletal