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Questions & Answers about Compression Wear

2013-05-24

Professional athletes like Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard and LeBron James rely on more than skill and sheer determination to hit winning shots. To compete at the highest levels while injured, they also wear long sleeve compression garments, preventing or reducing inflammation in their elbows and shoulders. As millions of people see these and other high profile athletes wearing the treatment products, apprehension about having to wear compression garments, including high degree doctor prescribed garments, may likely lower.

 

Advantages of wearing compression garments

This is a welcomed advantage, especially while treating patients for medical conditions like blood clots, thrombosis, lymph edema, tendonitis, edema and vascular malformations. Of course, other reasons doctors prescribe or recommend compression garments include shortening the time it takes patients to recover from a liposuction or mastectomy procedure.

Improved blood circulation and lowered blood lactate concentration are other advantages that could be gained while wearing the garments. Even more, patients could experience a reduction of chronic leg swelling and fewer complications following a deep venous thrombosis (DVT) procedure.

By talking openly about the benefits of wearing compression garments, as well as answering questions patients may have about usage of the therapy products, it's possible to increase the likelihood that patients will follow treatment plans completely and start to manage their pain at home. A common question patients may have is, "What type of compression garment should I wear?"

 

Answering patient questions openly

The answer depends on the medical condition or surgery. For example, Riverbanks Clinic's, Dr. Ravi Jain, doctor of medicine and surgery, shares that "after treating abdomens or following Vaser Hi Def/4D Sculpt," physicians might, "recommend the addition of a compression foam padding vest to wear under [a] compression garment for four weeks."

While treating patients with lymph edema, the National Cancer Institute says, "Some patients may need to have these garments custom-made for a correct fit." Additionally, thigh high compression garments have shown to be helpful in treating patients with lymph edema, controlling swelling. Compression stockings are used to treat diabetics.

How long to wear compression garments while traveling, whether the garments help tighten loose skin post-significant weight loss and whether to wear the products while exercising are other questions patients may pose. In regards to how long to wear the products while traveling, a person with varicose veins is recommended to keep the products on during an entire airline flight. Unfortunately, the products are not designed to tighten loose skin.

Concerning exercise, the National Cancer Institute shares, "Patients who have lymph edema should wear a well-fitting pressure garment during all exercise that uses the affected limb or body part." In some cases, a combination of therapies (i.e. massage, laser therapy, binders, wraps) is required.

 

Types of compression garments to choose and wear

Types of compression garments available, with and without prescription, include transition bras and torso, above knee and full length girdles. Abdominal binders are often used to aid patients in post-operative recovery. Facial, chin, neck, and breast wraps focus on a limited area, some surgical wraps having a long-term impact on post-operative recovery.

Furthermore, some vests and sleeves are designed for men, while others are designed to be worn by women. As sizes of compression garments are kept within tight ranges, it's important to get accurate measurements of patients before ordering the products.

High fashion focused patients may request custom designs on compression garments that can be seen while they're fully dressed, similar to customized long sleeves worn by professional athletes. Less fashion focused patients may appreciate having access to garments in a range of colors like white, beige, black and brown.