Blood Flow Restriction Therapy: An Evidence-Based Approach to Postoperative Rehabilitation

Richard Watson, Breanna Sullivan, Austin Stone, Cale Jacobs, Terry Malone, Nicholas Heebner, Brian Noehren

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Abstract

Blood flow restriction therapy (BFRT) involves the application of a pneumatic tourniquet cuff to the proximal portion of the arm or leg. This restricts arterial blood flow while occluding venous return, which creates a hypoxic environment that induces many physiologic adaptations.BFRT is especially useful in postoperative rehabilitation because it produces muscular hypertrophy and strength gains without the need for heavy-load exercises that are contraindicated after surgery.Low-load resistance training with BFRT may be preferable to low-load or high-load training alone because it leads to comparable increases in strength and hypertrophy, without inducing muscular edema or increasing pain.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere22.00062
JournalJBJS Reviews
Volume10
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 3 2022

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© 2022 Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Inc.. All rights reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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