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E-stim and BFR


E-stim and BFR

As payment for rehabilitation services enters into another year of premium increases, out of pocket costs, code changes, and insurance regulation, it becomes increasingly important for our time to be spent well with our clients. Substantial evidence and decision making help us demonstrate the value of our services first and foremost to our customers, and secondarily to physicians, payers, and legislators. With this post, we’d like to explore an emerging use of BFR to assist our clients in achieving the outcomes they desire by the most efficient means possible.

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ACL+Blood Flow Restriction Part 2


ACL+Blood Flow Restriction Part 2

In the previous email, we discussed the first 2 weeks of recovery from ACL surgery and the potential effects of cell swelling via Blood Flow Restriction to mitigate atrophy. This week we describe a paper by Ohta et al that measures strength, hypertrophy, and arthrometry (joint laxity) changes after 16 weeks of BFR vs work matched controls.

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Mitigate Atrophy With Cell Swelling?


Mitigate Atrophy With Cell Swelling?

The mechanisms involved in preserving muscle with the use of BFR during a period of disuse are still not fully understood. Multiple studies address the use of occlusion to minimize muscle loss during a non-weight bearing period in healthy individuals, even without exercise. This week we’ll look at a study by Takarada et al., that aimed to investigate the effects of vascular occlusion without exercise on the size of thigh muscles in patients who underwent ACL reconstruction.

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