Our research has strong interests in both surgical and non-surgical joint preservation techniques for the knee and shoulder, including novel and minimally-invasive biologic therapies. In addition, we have a particular interest in better understanding and treating both acute and overuse injuries unique to the female athlete. Collaborating with a variety of departments within the University of Colorado School of Medicine as part of a multidisciplinary effort, we are actively involved in dozens of research projects focusing on advancing joint preservation techniques and improving clinical outcomes for patients with sports medicine and shoulder injuries.
Joint Preservation, Cartilage Restoration, and Regenerative Medicine Research Our research focuses on improving both surgical and non-surgical treatments focused on joint preservation of the knee, shoulder, elbow, and hip. We utilize basic, translational, and clinical research strategies to evaluate pathology of articular cartilage, subchondral bone, meniscus, synovium, ligament, and tendon to determine how to best approach this patient population. In addition, our research program is heavily invested in better understanding and developing regenerative medicine orthobiologic techniques for the minimally-invasive and/or non-surgical treatment of osteoarthritis and post-traumatic arthritis (ie, the type of arthritis that develops after an ACL tear). In addition to joint preservation research, we have ongoing studies in other areas, including the biomechanics of shoulder instability repair, improving care specific to the female athlete, and enhancing surgical education via surgical simulation training.
Pubmed link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=rachel+frank
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