Published Date : Mar 21, 2016
Blood clotting in veins after surgery, especially in the lower limbs, can be a very dangerous thing to leave unattended. At the same time, there are other lower limb diseases that can be detrimental to a quality life, or even worse. Wounds International States compression to be the go-to technique for treatment of recurrent venous leg ulcers. Some of the most common compression tools used around the world are tape bandages, hosiery, and tubular bandages. The primary aim of compression therapy is to increase the pressure on the lower limbs and essentially increase the strength of the veins in venous return, and consequently reducing the chances of edema.
Nearly 30,000 citizens of the U.S. annually suffer from deep vein thrombosis, a condition which is caused by the clotting of blood in deeper veins. Blood clots are common in the case of post-surgical natural healing, but they can be extremely dangerous. If a clot manages to dislodge itself from the vein and travel to the lungs, if can cause a pulmonary embolism, which has a high rate of fatality. Deep vein thrombosis is also being called as the third-most dangerous medical issue in the U.S., after heart disease and cancer. Companies such as Compression Solutions offer patients devices that can reduce the chances of clotting. The devices can be used in the hospital, while a simpler device is given to the patient for use at home, as home is where most of the post-surgical deep vein thrombosis cases occur.
In another study published in the Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis, it is given that there is an increase in the chances of blood clots in patients suffering from lung cancer. As such, pneumatic compression therapy can be one of the most suitable treatment methods in order to prevent the clots.
In the field of sports, a slowly increasing number of physiotherapists are using cryotherapy and compression therapy to help athletes recover faster after a grueling training session. They prescribe the use of compression boots after cryotherapy in order to help the legs heal faster and also to prevent future injuries.