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Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

BFRT is achieved through the application of external pressure over the extremities. The applied pressure is sufficient to maintain arterial inflow while occluding venous outflow distal to the occlusion site. The goal is to enable patients to make greater strength gains while lifting lighter loads, thereby reducing the overall stress placed on the limb

By applying external pressure to an arm or a leg using a specialized cuff, our physical therapists can help patients recover from surgery or injury, regaining strength more quickly and with less work.  The goal is to maintain blood flow into the muscle while preventing outflow, thus maximizing strength gains while minimizing stress on muscles and joints.  Blood flow restriction therapy is most often used to help patients recover from sports injuries, joint pain or surgery. However, it has other uses, too.

Blood flow restriction therapy has been used by professional sports teams and the military for some time to help athletes and soldiers heal from injuries more quickly. Blood flow restriction training can be used for general strengthening, especially in certain populations where heavier weights or full weight bearing may be limited.  BFRT can deliver bigger gains than exercise alone.

It can also help prevent atrophy, and it helps maintain heart health when patients cannot exercise, such as when in a walking boot and prohibited from doing weight-bearing exercise.

Patients who undergo joint replacement or knee, foot, ankle or shoulder surgery often experience faster recovery with blood flow restriction therapy. Our physical therapists also use blood flow restriction therapy to, among other things, help treat knee pain, tendinopathies, fractures and osteoporosis.

Blood flow restriction therapy is safe for all ages.

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