Rehabilitation therapy is an important aspect of recovery after volumetric muscle loss. However, the traditional rehabilitation approach involves a period of rest and passive loading followed by gradual active loading. Extracellular matrix is a naturally occurring material consisting of structural proteins that provide mechanical strength, structural support, and functional molecules with diverse bioactive properties. There is evidence to suggest that the addition of aggressive regenerative rehabilitation protocols immediately after surgical implantation of an extracellular matrix scaffold to an area of volumetric muscle loss has significant benefits for extracellular matrix remodeling. Rehabilitation exercises likely provide the needed mechanical signals to encourage cellmigration and site-specific differentiation in the temporal framework required for constructive remodeling. Herein, the authors review the literature and present an example of an aggressive rehabilitation program implemented immediately after extracellular matrix transplantation into a severely injured quadriceps muscle.
|Journal||American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation|
|State||Published - 2014|
- Extracellular matrix
- Physical medicine and rehabilitation
- Regenerative medicine
- Volumetric muscle loss