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J Can Chiropr Assoc. 2011 Dec;55(4):280-7.

Utilization of Vascular Restriction Training in post-surgical knee rehabilitation: a case report and introduction to an under-reported training technique.

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Graduate Studies, Sports Sciences, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, 6100 Leslie Street, Toronto, Ontario M2H 3J1. ext. 286; e-mail: plejkowski@cmcc.ca.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

The objective of this paper is to introduce a new and reportedly safe training technique, utilizing a vascular restriction stimulus during low intensity rehabilitative exercise and provide a case example within a post-surgical rehabilitation scenario. A brief review of the most commonly reported mechanisms of action behind the purported success of the training stimulus is included.

METHODS:

19-year-old athlete presented for an accelerated post-operative knee rehabilitation program. She received a commonly utilized rehabilitation program that was supplemented with vascular restriction stimulus.

RESULTS:

The patient maintained muscle cross-sectional area and had improved function at a 12-week follow-up.

CONCLUSION:

Low intensity exercise supplemented with vascular restriction may prove to be an efficient and effective means of maintaining post-surgical muscle size and subjective knee function.

KEYWORDS:

knee; post surgical; rehabilitation; vascular restriction

PMID:
22131564
PMCID:
PMC3222703

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