REcover Faster with BFR.
Get Better Results following PRP.
At Precision Performance and Physical Therapy, we have developed a SPECIFIC PRP Rehab Program using Blood Flow Restriction Training (BRF) with your optimum recovery in mind!
What is BFR?
Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) Training is a form of training that uses the occlusion of blood flow via cuffs or bands to induce a training effect such as strengthening for muscles or tendons. The benefits of BFR training are that it is able to use lower loads (i.e., lighter weights) than normally needed to induce a training benefit such as with traditional weight lifting for muscle strengthening. This means that BFR can often be used earlier and with greater safety after surgeries and after therapies such as PRP, where the tissue may not be able to tolerate heavy weight lifting.
At Precision we use BFR with a wide variety of injuries and our clients have benefited with quicker, more effective recovery after injury.
What is PRP?
PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma, is a treatment technique that uses an injection of a blood sample that has been prepared to concentrate platelets, white blood cells, and healing factors. Injection therapies like PRP and other “orthobiologics” type treatments are often designed to introduce a new inflammatory response from the body to help heal injuries that haven’t healed properly or are causing persisting pain. PRP has been shown to be a helpful treatment option for certain tendon, ligament, muscles, and joint injuries (e.g., tendinopathies, grade I and II muscle strains, and meniscus injuries).
But, did you know: If you don’t take a careful approach to your rehabilitation progressions after PRP you could risk negating the potential benefits from this treatment or at the other extreme you could be suffering from deconditioning or weakness that can delay your return to running or sports. So, what to do? In order to maximize your recovery, working with a physical therapist who is knowledgeable about these treatments and how to perform targeted rehabilitation after them is crucial!
What Does Recovery Look Like After PRP?
After a PRP injection (or series of injections), it is important to protect the area to allow the treatment to have the best chance of success. This could include avoiding overly aggressive exercises and movements and using exercise and loading strategies that strengthen around the area without causing too much stress on the area of healing. This could include techniques like soft tissue-manipulation, use of isometric type exercises, and use of blood flow restriction training (BFR)(5,6,7,8,9,10).
If want to get back to running and sports as soon as possible after PRP or other injection treatments, give us a call to schedule an appointment with one of highly trained physical therapists.