Compression therapy is frequently used to treat patients with venous and lymphatic insufficiency in the lower limbs. Applicable conditions include varicosities, lymphedema, venous eczema and ulceration, deep vein thrombosis, and postthrombotic syndrome. There are many forms of compression therapy, including the use of elastic and non-elastic bandages, boots, hosiery/stockings, and pneumatic devices.
Compared to bandaging and pneumatic devices, graduated compression stockings are often considered more acceptable, easier to put on, and less cumbersome. Dynamic pneumatic compression technology applications continue to evolve within both the medical and sports worlds. Patients affected by a diverse number of acquired, acute, chronic, and congenital circulatory conditions can benefit from compression therapy as part of their treatment regimens.