Early Postoperative Role of Blood Flow Restriction Therapy to Avoid Muscle Atrophy

Stephen D. Patterson*, Luke Hughes, Johnny Owens

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In the early phases following surgery of the lower limb, patients experience a loss of skeletal muscle and strength which if untreated can have a negative impact on return to normal function. To date, the techniques used in the rehabilitation process may not fully maximise the potential adaptations a patient may achieve due to the levels of loading that can be achieved in the early postoperative phase. Blood flow restriction training (BFRT) is a therapy that can be used both passively and in combination with exercise (utilizing low loads), to attenuate atrophy or stimulate skeletal muscle hypertrophy and strength adaptations. This chapter outlines a progressive model for rehabilitation following surgery and sets out a step-by-step process of how to integrate BFRT to attenuate muscle atrophy and maximise recovery postoperatively.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReturn to Sport after ACL Reconstruction and Other Knee Operations
Subtitle of host publicationLimiting the Risk of Reinjury and Maximizing Athletic Performance
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783030223618
ISBN (Print)9783030223601
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes

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