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ACL tears make up ~50% of all knee injuries. Meniscal tears are second to ACL injuries in regards to prevalence. Following an ACL reconstruction, high-load resistance training is often used to increase muscle strength. However, rehabilitation after a meniscal repair calls for a longer period of immobilization in order to prevent early loading of the meniscus. Blood Flow Restriction Therapy (BFRT) used in conjunction with low intensity resistance training can produce increased muscle mass of the quadriceps muscles without adding load and stress to the meniscus. While evidence has shown positive results with the use of BFRT after an ACLR, there is limited evidence for using BFRT after a meniscal repair and after both surgeries concomitantly. The purpose of this case report was to investigate the use of BFRT in a comprehensive PT rehabilitation plan for a patient following an ACLR and meniscal repair.
Victor, Nicole, "Blood Flow Restriction Therapy For The Treatment Of An ACL Reconstruction With A Meniscal Repair: A Case Report" (2019). Case Report Posters. Poster 184.