A critical appraisal of "Impact of a six-week prehabilitation with blood-flow restriction training on pre- and postoperative skeletal muscle mass and strength in patients receiving primary total knee arthroplasty"




Reyes, Gabriela

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This term paper is an appraisal of a 2022 research article regarding the use of a prehabilitation program with Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) exercise on patients with end stage gonarthrosis before and after undergoing elective Total Knee Arthroplasties (TKA). The research article chosen was published in Frontiers of Physiology. This paper will begin with a brief introduction to the topic of BFR, the formulated clinical question, and why this specific article was chosen for critical appraisal. A summarization of this study will be followed by a critical appraisal of each section including the introduction, methods, results, and discussion. The paper will conclude with a discussion of the findings, clinical relevance, and overall results of the use of BFR.