Compression gloves and gauntlets are a traditional means of providing compression and support to the hand and fingers in helping to manage and treat upper extremity Lymphedema, but may also be used to treat soft tissue edema and arthritic joint pain. (read more)
A compression glove or gauntlet is usually worn during the secondary or "maintenance" phase of Lymphedema treatment after completion of complete decongestive therapy, or "CDT". Compression gloves and gauntlets are made in a variety of sizes and colors, and are especially designed to fit the various anatomical structures of the hand. A compression gauntlet provides gradient compression over the dorsum, while a compression glove provides extended compression to the fingers. Most manufacturers also offer matching compression arm sleeves that can be used along with the glove or gauntlet to provide complete upper extremity compression.
Compression gloves and gauntlets are rated as to the amount of compression they apply, and it is important to choose the correct compression level that is required. Compression is measured in units referred to as millimeters of mercury or "mmHg", and should selected for treatment as follows.
Class 0: 15 - 20 mmHg – for those at risk for Lymphedema
Class I: 20 - 30 mmHg – for those at risk, or who have early or mild Lymphedema
Class II: 30 - 40 mmHg – for moderate or severe Lymphedema
While compression gloves and gauntlets may be difficult to don and take off, there are an array of donning and doffing aids which will help the patient to easily use them. Also be sure to protect your investment by using detergents that are specially formulated for compression garments.