There are many questions of which treatment is right when it comes to Lymphedema and venous ulcers. Compression pumps and compression stocking are a couple of the more common means of treatment. Compression pumps provide more convenience to patients because it can be used easily by patients. Unlike compression stockings, Lymphedema pumps provide little to no pain to patients during treatment. Lymphedema pumps help to bring down the swelling in the limb while compression stocking are more used to maintain the size of the affected limb. Compression pumps provide several more beneficial factors when it comes to the treatment of Lymphedema over compression stockings.
Compression pumps allow for patients to treat with much ease. We at Advanced Rehab always provide an example for patients by saying, “It’s like sliding your foot into a big bag, flicking a switch and then watch the pump go to work.” This allows patients that have back problems, arthritis and other physical issues to treat themselves without worrying if they can even get the equipment on. Compression Stockings are another story. Since the stockings are extremely tight they require a lot more strength and force to get on. Thus patients that have these physical inabilities it makes it extremely hard to get any use out of compression stockings. When it comes to ease of treatment compression pumps are the clear choice for patients.
Compression pumps are built to mimic MLD or Manual Lymph Drainage. MLD is the type of treatment that is provided by certified therapists to massage the lymphatic fluid back through into the patients system. Compression pumps provide the same type of treatment through non-invasive gradient sequential compression. This treatment is like a massage on the limb. This massage feeling one receives is very soothing on the limb. The pressure can always be adjusted with a patient’s pump as well thus allowing a patient to find that perfect fit to treat with. Compression stocking are set to one pressure and are in many cases extremely painful to patients to use. Since stocking causes pain for many patients it makes them reluctant to want to continue their treatment