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Kirsten Buchanan



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Every year in the United States, up to 60 per 100,000 people sustain an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. Medial meniscus tears have been reported in roughly 60% of the ACL tear population, while lateral meniscus tears have been reported in approximately 30%. Blood flow restriction therapy (BFRT) has shown improved strength and muscle hypertrophy with low load exercises by occluding blood flow at the proximal thigh. A minimally structured physical therapy (PT) program with a home exercise program (HEP) has been shown to be more effective at 3 months after ACL reconstruction (ACLR) compared to standard PT sessions alone. Currently there is a lack of research on the combined effects of a comprehensive HEP and BFRT for patients who have had an ACLR and meniscal repair. The purpose of this case report was to investigate the effects of BFRT and a comprehensive lower extremity (LE) strengthening HEP for a patient following an ACL and meniscal repair.

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Physical Therapy

Blood Flow Restriction Therapy And A Comprehensive Home Exercise Program Following An ACL And Meniscal Repair: A Case Report



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