Document Type

Case Report

Department

Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Degree Name

DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy)

Session and Year of Graduation

Fall 2017

Advisor

Laura Frey Law

Abstract

Background: Meniscal and cartilage injuries account for one the greatest amount of average missed time in professional baseball. Blood flow restriction (BFR) therapy may be a beneficial intervention in post-surgical patients to stimulate hypertrophy and strength gain while minimizing unnecessary stress on the surgical area and help facilitate a quick return to sport. The purpose of this case report is to examine the current evidence on the topic of BFR training and demonstrate the use of the intervention in a professional baseball setting. Case Description: The report follows a 19-year-old professional baseball pitcher following a meniscectomy. Intervention: A ten-week rehabilitation progression highlighting the use of BFR therapy in conjunction with conventional physical therapy. Outcomes: Following the ten-week progression range of motion in the right knee was measured at 0-145, this was equal when compared to the uninvolved side. The athlete’s quadriceps and hamstring strength, single leg hop, and triple hop test were all found to be greater than 95% of the uninvolved limb. Discussion: This case study demonstrates the safe use of blood flow restriction therapy in a professional baseball setting and suggests it may be a beneficial adjunct to conventional therapy in this type of patient and injury.

Keywords

Orthopedic & Sports

Pages

8 pages

Copyright

Copyright © 2017 Ryan Tilma

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URL

http://ir.uiowa.edu/pt_casereports/33