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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

Chapel Harbor​ 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 ​412-432-3723

UPMC Rooney Sports Complex
3200 South Water St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Uniontown ​724-437-7500

160 Wayland Smith Drive, Suite 102
Uniontown, PA 15401
​Altoona Station Medical Center ​814-889-3900

1516 Ninth Avenue
Altoona, PA 16602
New Castle - Westgate Plaza ​724-698-1692

2004 West State Street
New Castle, PA 16101​

​Erie ​814-452-4447

1325 West 26th Street
Erie, PA 16508
Greensburg ​724-830-0750

Eastgate Shopping Center
5142 Route 30
Greensburg, PA 15601
​Monroeville - Corporate One ​412-692-9423

Corporate One Office Park
4055 Monroeville Blvd
Bldg. 1, Suite 200
Monroeville, PA 15146
​Butler - Pullman Square ​724-282-4764

280 Pullman Square
Suite 265
Butler, PA 16001​
​South Hills 412-851-8850

UPMC South Hills
1300 Oxford Drive
Bethel Park, PA 15102
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Check out the blog post, What Is Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation? on UPMC HealthBeat to learn even more about this type of therapy!

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