Blood Flow Restriction Therapy Following Microfracture Surgery for Osteochondritis Dissecans in a Collegiate Athlete

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Emily E. Kruithof University of Kentucky

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A 19-year-old college football wide receiver (height: 193 cm, mass: 94 kg) reported sudden onset medial pain in his right knee during practice. Diagnostic imaging revealed medial femoral condyle osteochondral defects with loose bodies and a grade I medial collateral sprain (MCL). The medical and therapeutic intervention included arthroscopic microfracture, chondroplasty, loose body removal, and a 6-month rehabilitation program that included the use of blood flow restriction therapy. Current evidence estimates a 7–11-month recovery following microfracture surgery for the management of articular cartilage lesions, with a return-to-sport rate of only 50–60%.

Emily E. Kruithof is with the College of Health Sciences, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. Spencer A. Thomas is with the Athletic Association, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Patricia Tripp is with the Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

Address author correspondence to Emily E. Kruithof at emily.kruithof@uky.edu.
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