There are many different types of compression garments that you can choose from.
There are many strategies when it comes to wound care and healing. According to a study published in JAMA Dermatology, one time-tested method of treating venous leg ulcers is compression therapy. Compression therapy is also beneficial in patients with chronic venous disease and lymphedema. It’s usually one of the first methods when treating these conditions. Compression therapy can include compression bandages, socks or hosiery, wraps or pumps and range in levels of pressure to suit your needs.
How does compression therapy work?
Compression increases the pressure in the tissue under the skin. This reduces swelling by moving the excess fluid that builds up in the legs back into the blood vessels. The pressure on the legs also reduces the ability of the veins to expand. This keeps the blood flowing evenly, stopping it from flowing backward and causing congestion. It helps to prevent blood clots, which is why compression therapy is frequently advised following surgery. Improving venous flow speeds up wound healing and assists in preventing infection.
Since compression limits swelling, it can also minimize edema around the wound. When swelling is reduced, the lack of extra fluid in the leg will maximize the skin’s ability to receive the oxygen needed to heal the wound, according to the American Venous Forum. In many cases, when compression therapy is administered properly, wounds can heal months faster than they would have without it. Compression stockings can also be worn after healing to keep blood flowing properly and minimize the chances of wound recurrence.
What are some benefits of compression therapy?
Aside from speeding up wound recovery, compression therapy could bring about improvements to quality of life. Pain and swelling are minimized, allowing individuals to continue daily activities without interruption. The decrease in pain also allows patients to sleep better, and depression symptoms can also improve.
Who benefits from compression therapy?
Anyone with a desk job or a sedentary lifestyle would benefit from compression therapy, according to the National Institutes of Health. Aside from patients with leg ulcers and venous insufficiency, compression therapy is recommended for anyone who suffers from:
- Leg swelling.
- Varicose veins.
- Post-thrombotic syndrome.
Who is compression therapy not recommended for?
If you have any of the following conditions, do not try compression therapy before consulting with you clinician, as it could interfere with your current treatment:
- Congestive heart failure.
- Septic phlebitis of the leg.
- Phlegmasia cerulea dolens.
- Weeping dermatoses.
- Impaired sensitivity in the limbs.
- Skin infections.
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