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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

 

Rachel Brakke, M.D.

Univ. of Colorado Spine Center


Rachel Brakke, MD

Instructor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Contact

   Phone: 720-848-1980
   Fax: 720-848-2019
   E-mail: rachel.brakke@ucdenver.edu

Affiliations
   University of Colorado Hospital

Dr. Rachel Brakke is board- certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, sports medicine and pain medicine and is currently the pain medicine fellowship director. She has an interest in medical education including teaching fellows, residents and medical students and has had a lifelong interest in sports and active lifestyles. Trained in spinal injections, peripheral joint injections, ultrasound-guided procedures and EMG/NCS, she sees a wide variety of patients with non-surgical spine and sports conditions. Dr. Brakke has performed research on core strengthening, high altitude cerebral edema and the role of therapy in osteoarthritis. Dr. Brakke has competed at the collegiate level in cross-country and softball and continues to be active in: running, hiking, softball, skiing and yoga.  She enjoys working with a wide range of patients from the competitive athlete to the older adult who wants to remain independent and active.

Dr. Brakke has several areas of clinical and research interest including: core strengthening, spine care, the aging athlete, high altitude cerebral edema, musculoskeletal ultrasound, and sports injuries.

Dr. Brakke has several areas of clinical and research interest including: core strengthening, spine care, the aging athlete, high altitude cerebral edema, musculoskeletal ultrasound, and sports injuries.

Medical Degree:  University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
Residency: University of Washington
Fellowship:  Pain Medicine/Sports Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine

ABSTRACTS

Brakke R,  Jette C, Bell K. Functional Outcome after High Altitude Cerebral Edema. Presented poster at AAPM&R annual meeting, Boston, MA, September 27-30, 2007.

Brakke R, Vasquez V, Baethge B.  Nutraceutical Use in a University Rheumatology Clinic. Presented poster at AAPM annual meeting in Honolulu, HI, January 28-31, 2009.

Brakke R, Saint-Phard D.  Anterior Knee Pain: Two Cases of Synovial Cell Sarcoma.  Submitted for presentation at the American College of Sports Medicine, Baltimore, MD, June 2-5, 2010.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Brakke R. Integrative Modalities in the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis (Dec 2004).  The UTMB Complementary and Alternative Medicine Website. Retrieved April 4, 2008 from http://cam.utmb.edu/resources/aim-essays/Rheumatoid_Arthritis-Brakke.pdf.

Brakke R.  My Evolving Relationship with the American Medical Association. Published in the AAPM&R Resident E-Newsletter, Summer edition, 2008.

Brakke R.  Hyaluronic Acid and Osteoarthritis.  Summary of article published in Rehab in Review, Sept. 5, 2008.

Brakke R, Akuthota V. Lumbar Facet Joint Pain: Diagnostic Blockade.  Chapter in progress. Interventional Spine Care.  Michael DePalma.