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Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation

Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation (BFR) is the use of a specialized tourniquet system on an exercising arm or leg. It is inflated to a personalized and specific pressure intermittently to reduce blood flow to the extremity.

Utilization of BFR technology minimizes the effects of limited extremity use, shortens rehab time, and has been shown to enhance outcomes.

Patients who could benefit from Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation include those recovering from:

  • Achilles repairs
  • Fractures
  • Inflammatory muscle wasting diseases, such as polymyositis and dermatomyositis
  • Knee reconstructions and cartilage repairs
  • Muscle strains
  • Nerve injuries
  • Rotator cuff repairs
  • Severe musculoskeletal trauma
  • Symptomatic knee osteoarthritis
  • Tendinopathies
  • Total joint replacement

BFR technology may also benefit patients who have continued weakness after surgery, despite conservative care.

Locations for Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation

Aspinwall 412-781-0602 CRS-UPMC St. Margaret
Park Place at Chapel Harbor, Suite 200
300 Chapel Harbor Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
​Cranberry Township ​724-720-3050 UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex
8000 Cranberry Springs Drive
Cranberry Township, PA 16066
​South Side
​412-432-3700 UPMC Rooney Sports Complex
3200 South Water St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Uniontown ​724-437-7500 160 Wayland Smith Drive, Suite 102
Uniontown, PA 15401
 

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