Compression Therapy

What is Compression Therapy

Compression therapy aids the body in moving blood up the leg against the pull of gravity. Special socks, stockings, or bandages are worn during the day and removed at night. They are used to improve circulation and reduce swelling in the legs. Compression therapy is intended for people who suffer from chronic venous disease and is used either alone or after various forms of vein surgery.

Incompetent valves in the vein system cause blood to pool or flow backward toward the foot. By compressing the leg with graduated constriction that is strongest at the ankle and decreases up the leg, the venous blood return eases, swelling is minimized, hypertension is decreased, and the symptoms of venous disease are improved while wearing the compression stocking.

The level of compression needed should be determined by a vein specialist and depends upon how severe the constriction of blood flow in the legs. Some insurance companies require trying compression therapy for certain vein conditions before they will cover any other form of vein treatment.

There are a number of medical conditions where compression therapy is NOT recommended so you should always consult a vein specialist. Please Contact Us with any questions or concerns you may have.

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