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Compression Therapy

Compression Therapy

Compression therapy is the first step in all of the treatments offered by the Western Reserve Vascular Institute. Compression therapy consists of using a medical device called compression stockings or socks. These stockings begin to tighten at the ankle and gradually reduce pressure as they progress up the leg. The compression force created by the stockings helps direct venous blood flow back to the heart, limit swelling, and may help the valve leaves come together to block backward blood flow. Compression Therapy is also a common way to increase circulation, thereby keeping blood from pooling in the legs.

Compression Therapy works against the pull of gravity on the legs, and it is often used to treat the following conditions:

  • phlebitis
  • varicose vein
  • lymphedema
  • leg ulcers
  • and more

Compression therapy is often the first part of every surgical option available at WRVI. To achieve the best results, we may require that you wear compression stockings throughout the healing process and according to Dr. Protain's instructions. Since compression stockings are a medical device, you must get a prescription from either our office or from your regular medical doctor. These stockings must be prescribed so that they fit well, and they apply the correct elastic recoil force, or pressure grade, to your legs.

Many insurance companies mandate that you wear compression stockings for a trial period before you can be considered a candidate for other procedures like EVLT, Microphlebectomy, and Sclerotherapy. While the normal trial period is three months, each insurance company may require a different process. Ask your insurance company for their specific criteria and if you need to have prior approval for our services.

Risks: Improper Use of Compression Stockings

Like any medical device, there can be several risks and complications from misusing compression stockings. First and fore most you must always use the stockings that have been prescribed to you by your doctor. Using a friend's or loved one's stockings run the risk of being a different style and being the wrong compression level.

Stockings that are worn incorrectly can lead to leg ulcers and even the blood clots we are trying to prevent. If the compression stockings are too tight, they can cut the circulation off to your leg, causing a great deal more trouble than before.

As always, follow the directions and instructions from Dr. Protain while you're using compression stockings, but here are a few tips to help you achieve the best results.

  • Don't use anyone's compression stockings but the ones that have been prescribed to you.
  • Don't roll or fold your stockings over, as this causes the compression level to change, which causes open wounds and ulcers.
  • Wear your compression stockings as directed. Some patients will need to wear compression bandages for shorter periods of time than others. Many patients will only need to wear them at certain times of the day. Make sure to consult Dr. Protain's office if you have any questions about your prescribed routine.

If you have any questions about your compression stockings or if they do not fit properly, contact our office at 330-953-3515.

Compression Therapy for Varicose Veins and Vein Circulation

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Boardman, Ohio 44512

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401 Rogers Street
Princeton, West Virginia 24740
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Ripley, WV Office

844 Rt. 62 South
Ripley, West Virginia 25271
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Oceana, WV Office

833 Cook Parkway
Oceana, WV 24870
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Beckley, WV Office

134 Beckley Crossing
Beckley, WV 25801
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Bluefield, VA Office

510 Cherry St, Suite 104 Bldg A
Bluefield, WV 24701
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Blacksburg, VA Office

3708 S. Main Street Suite G
Blacksburg, VA 24060
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