What is Compression Therapy?

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One of the oldest and most common treatment procedures in vein disease is the use of compression therapy. But what is compression therapy, exactly? This is a process in which compression garments—stockings for legs or sleeves for arms—are worn to help improve circulation and decrease the swelling that is a part of vein disease. Normally worn during daylight hours only, there are occasions in which they may be worn 24 hours a day, but that is a decision that will be made by your physician.

Because most vein diseases are symptoms of a more complex underlying medical condition, early examination, diagnosis, and treatment by a licensed medical professional is highly recommended. Dr. Wright and The Laser Vein Center should be your first phone call during your search for a vein doctor. Read on for more information about compression therapy!

How Do Compression Therapy Services Work?

A compression garment is designed to be tighter at the bottom, growing loser as it climbs up the affected limb and helping keep blood flowing in the right direction as it provides support. When used on the legs, they work with the natural movement of the calf muscles to promote circulation.

Do I Have to Use the Prescription Types?

Because every patient is different, prescription compression garments are custom made to the dimension of the affected limb. The patient will be measured by the person supplying the garment to ensure a precise fit. Over the counter versions can’t be modified and only come in basic small, medium, and large sizes, which are not beneficial to patients.

Used Alone or in Conjunction with Surgery

After laser surgery on the veins, the patient will be prescribed compression stockings for a certain time, allowing the affected areas time to heal safely. But these garments are equally effective on less severe vein diseases when used alone. Lifestyle changes can be “prescribed” with the garments, which will lessen the chances of the vein disorder reoccurring, but if the patient is genetically prone to vein disorder, the chances are high it will reoccur.

Schedule a Consultation with Us Today!

The Laser Vein Center in St. Louis is skilled in the use of compression therapy services, offering you the full benefit of all our combined years of experience, from the receptionist who greets you at the door, to the lab technicians, the nurses, and of course, the doctor himself! We all work together to ensure you are safe, healthy, and happy!