Schofield Barracks, Hawaii — On Sept. 29, Johnny Owens of Owens Recovery Service spent the day at U.S. Army Health Clinic –Schofield Barracks (USAHC-SB) Physical Therapy Clinic educating the providers from the clinic and the 25th Infantry Division about the game-changing injury recovery therapy called blood flow restriction.
After an injury or surgery it is common that a patient cannot lift significant loads to induce strength or hypertrophy response in the muscle. Blood flow restriction has demonstrated to be a reliable therapy that significantly improves patient outcomes after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery.
Clinically, personalized blood flow restriction therapy has been applied to many diagnosis with positive results including but not limited to: total joint reconstruction, Achilles repairs, fractures, rotator cuff repairs, muscle strains, nerve injuries, post-operative knee reconstructions and cartilage repairs. More compromised patients suffering inflammatory muscle wasting diseases such as polymyositis and dermatomyositis have also demonstrated positive results without any potential safety risks.
During the one day training, the USAHC-SB physical therapy team, along with physical therapists from the 25th Infantry Division learned how to use the equipment, apply the tourniquet and guide patients through exercises that will allow them to heal with better results.
Team members took turns using the Doppler and tourniquet on each other and completed exercises to understand the feelings a patient may have while utilizing the new therapy. Blood flow restriction therapy is highly utilized in professional sports, helping players recover faster and better.