Dr. Rachel Frank and her research team are dedicated to advancing the field of joint preservation. Their research encompasses both surgical and non-surgical treatments for various joints, including the knee, shoulder, elbow, and hip. By utilizing basic, translational, and clinical research approaches, they aim to understand the underlying pathology of articular cartilage, subchondral bone, meniscus, synovium, ligament, and tendon. This knowledge helps them develop effective treatment strategies for patients in need.
A key focus of their research program is the development of regenerative medicine and ortho-biologic techniques for minimally-invasive and non-surgical treatment of conditions such as osteoarthritis and post-traumatic arthritis. They specifically investigate the type of arthritis that arises after an ACL tear. By exploring regenerative approaches, they aim to improve patient outcomes and provide alternatives to traditional surgical interventions.
In addition to joint preservation research, Dr. Rachel Frank's team is actively involved in other areas of study. They conduct research on the biomechanics of shoulder instability repair, seeking to enhance surgical techniques in this field. They also emphasize research aimed at improving care tailored to the unique needs of female athletes. Furthermore, they explore the potential of surgical simulation training to enhance surgical education.
Through their comprehensive research efforts, Dr. Rachel Frank and her team contribute to the advancement of joint preservation techniques, regenerative medicine, surgical education, and specialized care for athletes. Their work aims to improve patient outcomes, promote non-surgical alternatives, and enhance the overall understanding of musculoskeletal conditions.