Clinical Trials

Participation in clinical trials is your gift to the future. 

Why participate in Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are part of clinical research and at the heart of all medical advances. Clinical trials look at new ways to prevent, detect, or treat disease.

Treatments might be new drugs or new combinations of drugs, new surgical procedures or devices, or new ways to use existing treatments.

The goal of clinical trials is to determine if a new test or treatment works and is safe. Clinical trials can also look at other aspects of care, such as improving the quality of life for people with chronic illnesses.

People participate in clinical trials for a variety of reasons. Healthy volunteers say they participate to help others and to contribute to moving science forward. Participants with an illness or disease also participate to help others, but also to possibly receive the newest treatment and to have the additional care and attention from the clinical trial staff.

Clinical trials offer hope for many people and an opportunity to help researchers find better treatments for others in the future.

Who can participate in Clinical Trials

Every clinical trial has specific requirements for who can or cannot participate.

To participate in a clinical trial, participants must meet certain standards, called “inclusion criteria.” There are also factors that can exclude some people from participating, called “exclusion criteria.” Inclusion and exclusion criteria are often related to:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Type and stage of a disease
  • Previous or current medications
  • Existing medical conditions
  • Recent participation in a clinical trial

Keep in mind that some clinical trials are looking for participants who have the medical condition being studied, while other clinical trials are looking for healthy study participants.

In order to become a clinical trial participant, you must qualify by satisfying both the inclusion and exclusion criteria. Inclusion and exclusion criteria are used to protect your safety during a clinical trial.


Our Active Clinical Trials

Arthritis of the Knee Clinical Study

Are you experiencing these symptoms?

  • PAIN - when moving your affected knee in a certain way
  • TENDERNESS - discomfort you feel when pressing down on your knee
  • SWELLING - visible in the area of the knee
  • STIFFNESS - when you first wake up or have been sitting at your desk all day which starts to feel better once your knee(s) have warmed through some movement or going about your daily routines

. . . you could be suering from osteoarthritis (arthritis) of the knee.

The main Eligibility Criteria to participate in the clinical trial:

"A randomized, sham controlled, double-blind, multi-center study of Neuromuscular Elecrtical Stimulation (NMES) as an Adjunctive Therapy for Knee Pain Relief and Improving Functional Outcomes in Knee Osteoarthritis (OA) Patients":

  • » You must have a presence of knee osteopathic (arthritis) in one knee
  • » You must experience knee arthritis symptoms
  • » You must be in an age range of 21 to 85
  • » Your physician will discuss all of the criteria with you in detail

View the clinical study announcement .pdf

If you are interested to learn more about this study please contact Colette at LSU Health New Orleans Orthopaedics at 504-568-4640

You will be reimbursed for your time and effort: $50.00 per each study visit during the 12 week duration of your participation.