Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and How Compression Therapy Can Help

Blood clots and varicose veins are being diagnosed in epidemic proportions. In the United States and other western civilizations, occupations that require prolonged periods of sitting or standing negatively impact vein circulation.

How DVT occurs

As our heart pumps blood to the tissues, it is returned to the heart by traveling from small veins to larger veins and propelled to the heart with each squeeze of the calf and a series of one-way valves. If we fail to routinely squeeze our calf muscles, pressure builds in the tissues and swelling develops. The stagnant blood flow from prolonged sitting and standing raises the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

Treatment options

Compression therapy is an underutilized preventative tool in limiting the risk of DVT and symptoms related to venous hypertension. It is widely used in the treatment of DVT, and management of leg ulcers, yet the preventative position has only begun to take hold. With reports of online gamers presenting with life threatening blood clots following days on the computer, the preemptive use of compression therapy simply makes sense.

Traditional thoughts of compression therapy conjures images of leg wraps and heavy compression stockings. Concerns about wearing the stockings and discovering that they are too tight and/or hot are no longer legitimate concerns with today's options. They are currently made in a wide variety of colors and materials, and finding the right pair for you has never been easier.

How to find the right compression stockings

It's important to recognize that not all compression stockings are created equal. Today's compression stockings may look like calf-high socks or stylish stockings worn with women's formal wear, but the specific style is entirely patient dependent, whereas the strength is targeted to fit the reason for compression. Strengths recommended for prevention purposes, treatment of mild swelling, or leg ulcers, are different and visiting a vein specialist who can make the best recommendation matching your particular needs is recommended.

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