“Movement is everything to me,” says Rachel Frank, a fourth year student at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.
Rachel was an athlete during her undergraduate years and like most competitors, she was determined, focused and intense. When a knee injury jeopardized her ability to finish her final soccer season, she simply played through the pain.
Then reality hit and Rachel understood she could no longer push through her meniscus injury without further compromising her knee. She had to have the damaged tissue replaced with an allograft – sidelining her for months from any physical activity. "It was a difficult decision," recalls Rachel. "But I knew I had to have the procedure if I wanted to continue to have an active lifestyle."
Rachel is moving again, and is more competitive than ever. She completed the Hawaii Ironman 70.3 Triathlon, something she only dreamed of prior to her allograft meniscus replacement. “It was an incredible accomplishment!” says Rachel. She adds that she continues to run, bike, swim and stay “super active”.
Inspired by her experience, Rachel chose orthopedics as her field of specialty in medical school. “I want to help my patients the way I was helped through allograft donation and transplantation.”