ACL Reconstruction Surgery Can Be Safer Using Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

One of the common injuries in sports is the Anterior Cruciate Ligament; whether torn or completely ruptured. This injury can be managed and solved through therapy or a surgery in extreme cases. However, it has been observed that most patients who perform the surgery usually follow it with a loss in their muscle or face bone.

This issue has inspired a team of researchers to find a way to get over these negative results. The team discovered a method that uses blood flow restriction therapy, showing positive results towards the muscle and face bone compared to the originally obtained.

The results were announced in the AOSSM/AANA Specialty Day, led by PhD holder Bradley Lambert, Orthopedic Biomechanics Research Laboratory, Department of Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, . He said, “Providing BFR as part of the rehabilitation efforts following ACL surgery, appears to help preserve the bone, recover muscle loss and improve function quicker, according to our research.”

The study tackled 23 different patients which the new Blood flow restriction strategy was used on them. The overall function of the injury was improved with minimize in the loss of the limp.

“BFR is a suitable additive therapy to ACL rehabilitation for the purposes of minimizing the loss, and enhancing the recovery of muscle, bone, and physical function. While further research is needed to fully illuminate the physiologic mechanisms responsible for our results, these findings likely have wide ranging implications for fields outside of ACL rehab alone such as injury prevention,” said Lambert.