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The Different Types of Compression Therapy: Which One is Right for You?

Compression Therapy is a trusted and commonly administered treatment for chronic venous insufficiency. The compression allows your legs relief from debilitating symptoms and gives your veins a chance at working to their optimum. From restoring blood flow to reducing swelling, compression therapy may just be the right vein treatment for you. 

When it comes to vein disease, compression therapy is often the answer. Varicose Veins and venous insufficiency can be the bane of your existence. The symptoms that follow this condition affect your quality of life. That’s why it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. 

Once your doctor has evaluated the severity of your vein issues, he may offer the treatment of compression therapy as an option. In this blog post, we have outlined the different types of compression therapy so you can know which one would work for you. 


What Is Compression Therapy? 

It is one of the most trusted forms of treatment for varicose veins and other vein diseases. The compression helps to improve blood flow, which is the first thing that is affected when your veins are not working at their optimum.  

This type of therapy also prevents the blood that is stuck in the damaged veins from pooling and creating colorful bulges on your legs called varicose veins. 


What Are Varicose Veins And What Causes Them? 

Varicose veins develop in your legs when the veins that are responsible for transporting deoxygenated blood from your lower extremities are compromised. Valves, which are found inside veins stop the blood from flowing backward, often against gravity. 

When these valves start to fatigue or become looser, the blood that should be flowing up to the heart begins to flow back down, creating a pool. This is when your veins begin to show on the surface and this condition can go from bad to worse if left unattended. 

Compression therapy addresses this pooling by relieving swelling and giving your legs much-needed assistance with the blood flow. 

Other reasons you would need Compression Therapy include: 

  • Venous Insufficiency
  • Leg Ulcers
  • Swelling 
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Bulging, unsightly veins


What Are The Different Types of Compression Therapy? 

There are different types and each is dependent on the strength of compression as well as the severity of your venous insufficiency. The most common therapy option is: 


1. Compression Stockings

These are stockings that you wear on the bottom part of your legs – from foot to knee. If the swelling goes beyond the knee to the upper parts of the legs, there are longer stockings available. Compression stockings usually go from tight pressure to loose as you approach the knee. The compression is provided by the elastic material and stops fluid from building up in your feet, knees, and legs. 

The level of compression you need depends on your condition. Compression stockings offer different levels of pressure. The pressure is measured by mmHg units (millimeters of mercury). Your doctor will determine the units you require during consultation. 

Are Compression Stockings Right For You? 

Compression Stockings are the right choice for you if your condition is not severe. Stockings with a milder mmHg can be used by those who stand or sit for long periods. They can even be used by pregnant women. For stronger or higher compressions, your doctor will have to give you a prescription.

The next form of compression therapy is: 


2. Bandages and Wraps 

Elastic bandages as well as velcro wraps can also be a form of addressing your venous insufficiency. The tightening of the legs creates compression and gives your legs the relief they need from the symptoms of vein disease. The bandages are often applied in several layers to create the pressure needed for maximum treatment. 

Are Bandages and Wraps Right For You? 

Your doctor will offer you the right type of compression for your condition. Once he has done his full examination, he will prescribe the wraps and give you a course of treatment that will have your legs feeling better in no time. 

When your venous insufficiency is severe then the doctor may insist you use the following compression therapy: 


3. Inflatable Devices

Inflatable devices are a form of compression therapy. The large and often puffy garments fully cover your legs and inflate with pressure. These would have to be administered at the doctor’s offices and it may take several compressions to reach the desired outcome. 

Are Inflatable Devices Right For You? 

The devices that inflate are often used by athletes and those who put a lot of strain on their legs. It can also be used by those who have extensive symptoms and require more intensive treatment. 


What Can You Expect During Compression Therapy? 

The point of compression therapy is to help your veins return to their optimum function. By helping the vein to transport blood back to the heart, Compression Therapy facilitates good circulation and curtails any chronic issues that may manifest due to lack of treatment. 


How Often Should You Use Compression Therapy?

The doctor will provide you with the right course of treatment and will define the duration of the therapy. It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions to get the best results. 

Typically, compression stockings are worn during the day only while awake. it is not recommended that you sleep in your stockings. Bandages and wraps may remain overnight if explicitly stated by your doctor. 


Speak to Dr. Robert Azizi From South California in Bell Gardens, Buena Park & KoreaTown, For the Best Compression Therapy Options!  

If you’re struggling with venous insufficiency or venous Disease, come in for a consultation – you will be in the best hands with Dr. Robert Azizi.

With years of experience treating vascular conditions, Dr. Azizi can help you achieve relief from your symptoms and get on with living your best lives. Book an appointment today.