LymphNymph™

Inspirational Health and Beauty Tips

Treating Lymphedema Using Compression Garments

If you've been looking for lymphedema treatments, you have probably come across lymphedema compression garments.  

The Use of Compression Garments in Treating Lymphedema

There is still no cure for lymphedema. Hence, the goal of lymphedema 'treatments' is to minimize the swelling and to control the pain or discomfort. There are several treatment options that can do this; one of which is the use of lymphedema compression garments. 


The use of these compression garments is considered to be an integral part of managing the symptoms of lymphedema. The pressure from these garments helps in controlling the fluid build-up and in promoting proper drainage of the lymphatic fluid.  


Sizes and Compression Classes

Lymphedema compression garments are typically worn on the affected limb following a complete decongestive therapy. Depending on the therapist's discretion, the compression garment may be custom-fit or purchased over-the-counter.  


Compression garments come in several sizes and in different compression classes. Each compression class provides a certain level of compression. Class 1 provides the lowest level of pressure (20-30 mmHg) while Class 4 provides the highest level of pressure (over 60 mmHg). 


Making the Most of Lymphedema Compression Garments

A lymphedema compression garment will only be effective if there is a gradual decrease of pressure from the most distant part of the extremity to the nearest part. This is to encourage good flow of the lymph. If there is no gradient in the pressure, the flow of the lymph will be obstructed.  


In order to maintain edema reduction, compression garments should be worn 24 hours a day, every day. Initially, you will be advised to wear the garment a few hours a day. The time will be gradually increased until you can wear it for most of the day.  


If the affected limb is too swollen for you to wear your lymphedema compression garment, the lymphedema specialist may recommend the use of a special kind of multi-layer bandages. 



Image: Illusive Photography via Flickr 


Posted by: on 1/22/2018
 
 
Add Comment
Name 
Email 
Message 
 

 October 2019
 September 2019
 March 2019
 January 2019
 December 2018
 November 2018
 October 2018
 September 2018
 July 2018
 June 2018
 May 2018
 April 2018
 February 2018
 January 2018
 December 2017
 November 2017
 October 2017
 September 2017
 August 2017
 July 2017
 June 2017
 May 2017
 April 2017
 March 2017
 February 2017
 January 2017
 December 2016
 November 2016
 October 2016
 September 2016
 August 2016
 July 2016
 June 2016
 May 2016
 April 2016
 March 2016
 February 2016
 January 2016
 December 2015
 April 2015
 March 2015
 February 2015
 January 2015
 December 2014
 November 2014
 October 2014
 September 2014
 August 2014