PERSONALIZED BLOOD FLOW RESTRICTION THERAPY
The Future of Rehabilitation
Blood flow restriction therapy
in los angeles, ca
Blood flow restriction rehabilitation, or BFR, is a new and different way to rehabilitate muscle injuries, particularly those occurring in an arm or leg. Professional sports teams have used BFR for quite some time to help athletes recover from injuries. The technology is now available to patients at Performance Care Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Center.
What Is Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation?
BFR uses an FDA- approved surgical tourniquet system that looks very similar to a blood pressure cuff. The system is placed on an injured arm or leg to periodically reduce blood flow to the limb while the patient performs specific exercises.
Limiting blood flow to the muscles a process called occlusion allows the patient to work the muscles without placing excessive weight on the limb. The use of BFR can vary throughout treatment.
“We are constantly studying the latest state-of-the-art clinical practices and research to benefit our patients,” says Dr. Golan Nissim, clinical director at Performance Care Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Center, “BFR is a new treatment protocol to add to our clinical experience".
Who Benefits from Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation?
According to Dr. Golan Nissim, BFR can safely be used to treat and rehabilitate patients with most types of muscular injuries.
“The chance of forming a blood clot during BFR is no greater than a blood clot forming as a result of traditional therapy methods,” he says. “We probably wouldn’t recommend it for an elderly patient who might not be able to tolerate the occlusion very well, though.”
Performance Care Sports Medicine staff use BFR most commonly in patients recovering from:
Knee and Hip Replacements
How Does Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation Work?
BFR forces the body to activate all muscles on the limb where the blood flow is being restricted. It can be incorporated into traditional physical therapy sessions, just as other techniques or equipment might be.
“We’ll first have the patient work the injured muscle through traditional, weight-bearing physical therapy exercises, and then end with BFR,” Dr Nissim.“This ensures the injured muscles have been worked to their fullest and, ultimately, can aid in faster recovery times.”