If you wear socks that gently apply pressure to your legs and ankles, you are practicing compression therapy. Underlying disorders and other various conditions such as chronic vein disease, can reduce blood flow to these areas, and leave your feet swollen and uncomfortable. Compression therapy is a form of wound-care. Socks and stockings are specially designed to increase blood flow, allowing the limbs to loosen up and become pain-free. If you think you might need compression therapy, the Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Manassas and Haymarket, VA, can assist.
What is Compression Therapy Used For?
Compression therapy is an easy and efficient way to increase blood flow in the lower limbs. Lower limbs may lose blood flow and experience poor circulation because of various health issues that include heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. Signs of decreased blood flow are mental as well as physical. They can cause severe complications for your health and your quality of life.
Symptoms of poor circulation include:
- Muscle cramps
- Sharp pain in the limbs
You should never ignore these warning signs. Give us a call at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Manassas and Haymarket, VA, if you experience one or more.
Benefits of Compression Therapy
When you put external pressure on the limbs, these dressings work to slowly stretch out the vein walls and improve overall circulation as well as blood flow. Compression therapy eliminates swelling and bursts of pain. When blood flow regulates, you'll experience less fatigue, decreased muscle soreness, and also recover quicker from an injury.
If you would like to start benefiting from compression therapy, schedule a consultation with any of our physicians at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Manassas and Haymarket, VA. For questions or inquiries, call (703) 369-9070.