Barbers Hill’s Riley Suggs, 62, injured his knee a few weeks ago and his recovery is being aided by the new Blood Flow Restriction Therapy administered by PHYSIO Mont Belvieu specialists. (Submitted photo by Valerie Hull)

Blood Flow Restriction Therapy is revolutionary

A few weeks ago, Riley Suggs, a junior offensive lineman for the Barbers Hill High School playoff football team injured his left knee when he was rolled up on and sustained a hyperflexion injury during the team’s playoff game against Houston Sterling.

Gina Pace and Adam Carroll, athletic trainers for the school evaluated Suggs’ injury and referred him to Kim Broderick, PHYSIO Mont Belvieu Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer. 

Broderick has a modality device that assists with decreasing swelling and providing strength gains in a rapid fashion called Blood Flow Restriction therapy or BFR.  

Both Broderick and PHYSIO’s Jeremy Jennings have been trained by Owens Recovery Science and Broderick has used the device for several years and was even involved in research that investigated the use of BFR with Anterior Cruciate Repair rehabilitation.  

The athletic trainers at Barbers Hill recommended that Eric Suggs, Riley’s father and Riley obtain a consultation with Broderick and Jennings regarding the use of this device in hopes of quickly returning Riley to participation with his playoff football team.  

The BFR device and its benefits were explained to Riley and his father.  This device includes a tourniquet cuff and an instrument with a digital display that self- calibrates and maintains pressure. 

It works by fitting the cuff onto the limb above the injury and then adjusting the pressure of the cuff to reduce blood flow to the limb in order that the pressure is 80 percent of the calibrated Limb Occlusion Pressure.  

While some blood still flows into the muscle, the tourniquet completely occludes the venous drainage out of the limb and creates a high-stress environment in that extremity. This “tricks” the muscle by making basic exercises extremely difficult; patients feel as if they are lifting heavy weights. 

“The studies and research indicate strength gains occur below and above the tourniquet cuff,” Broderick said. “The tourniquet and the high-stress environment that the extremity is under allows for huge strength gains with use of minimal weight.

“Riley worked very hard and it was amazing and rewarding to see his swelling dissipate quickly and the size of his muscle increase while performing this BFR modality as well as other techniques such as dry needling for pain modulation and swelling control.”

BFR has become so popular that it is now being applied to the everyday patient. 

Now, the Baytown and Mont Belvieu communities have access to this unique device at PHYSIO Physical Therapy which is a therapist owned private practice facility accepting most insurances as well as Medicare and Worker’s Compensation. Private practice treatment is a more affordable option for patients over hospital based therapy.

– Courtesy of PHYSIO


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