why is it important? 1
Conservative therapy for vein disease can improve your conditions with non-invasive treatments like compression therapy, exercise, and medication. Conservative treatments will not cure or reverse venous conditions. They will treat the negative symptoms of pain, swelling, and discoloration that is associated with venous disease while helping prevent future progression when practiced regularly.
Graduated compression therapy
Compression garments that are graduated have more pressure at the ankle and decreases up the calf and thigh. This pressure profile helps with calf pump efficiency and promotes positive venous return. Additionally, the external pressure on compression therapy forces dilated vein walls with incompetent valves into a more efficient position reducing the reflux in superficial veins.
Types of compression therapy
There are numerous types of compression therapy delivery methods that are effective depending on patient ability and disease factors.
Bandaging products come in rolls that are manually applied to deliver the desired compression levels. Bandaging comes in the form of elastic and inelastic based upon the level of edema control. Bandaging can be used for short term use or unusually shaped limbs.
Compression garments are versatile as they come in elastic and inelastic, can be dispensed as a off-the-shelf or custom product, and can be used both short and long term. Garments are mainly used as a long-term application for ambulatory patients.
Compression pumps come with multi-chamber sleeves that are inflated to specific compression levels to manipulate edema and blood flow. Most compression pumps are used for recumbent patients who have difficulty ambulating or for short term treatments.