• ABSTRACT
    • Blood flow restriction (BFR) training involves occluding venous outflow while maintaining arterial inflow by the application of an extremity tourniquet after surgery. BFR ultimately reduces oxygen delivery to muscle cells, similar to an anaerobic environment, and allows patients to exercise with low resistance and stimulates muscle hypertrophy and strength using heavy resistance. Thus orthopaedic surgeons and physical therapists are incorporating this type of training into their postoperative rehabilitation protocols, particularly after injuries or surgical procedures about the knee joint. The¬†purpose of this Technical Note is to describe a BFR clinical application technique and to report on the indications, safety considerations, and postoperative knee surgery rehabilitation protocols for BFR.