Chronic venous insufficiency
affects up to 50% of the adult population. Correctly applied compression therapy is the cornerstone of treatment and has been demonstrated to improve healing rates in patients with existing venous leg ulcers (VLUs) and to reduce ulcer recurrence.
Principles of Compression Therapy
Compression therapy is aimed at correcting the long-term complications of chronic venous insufficiency. Compression therapy systems increase pressure on the skin and underlying structures to counteract the force of gravity. This can help to relieve the symptoms in the lower limb by acting on the venous and lymphatic systems to improve removal of fluid (blood and lymph) from the limb.
Two Forms of Compression Therapy
- Bandage layers wrapped around the leg – used for the treatment of active VLUs
- Compression hosiery or stockings – used to prevent recurrence once the ulcer has healed
How Does Compression Therapy Work?
The two main principles underpinning how compression therapy works are:
- Creation of an enclosed system that allows internal pressures to be evenly distributed in the leg,
- and variation of interface pressures according to limb shape and tension of the bandage.
Tips for Using Compression Therapy
- Patients should be fully evaluated by a doctor before using any form of compression.
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use.
- Ensure compression is over the calf muscles.
- Use padding if required.
- Use compression hosiery to prevent recurrence and take accurate limb measurements.
- Obtain a referral to a vascular specialist (vein doctor) whose focus is on compression therapy.
- Have regular routine reassessments with your specialists to prevent problems.
The effects of compression therapy can be dramatic, reducing oedema and pain. If you are considering compression therapy to help with leg pain or bleeding
, let the vein doctor at AVLC in Chicago guide you in the right direction. Compression therapy and laser vein treatments are specialties of AVLC, with over 18 years of helping people live a comfortable and active life. The top vein doctor, Dr. Richard Rosenfeld, M.D., FACPh, has spent years helping individuals find relief from varicose vein pain. If you want more information about
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