Compression garments are a traditional mean of providing compression and support to help manage and treat various medical conditions ranging from Lymphedema, deep vein thrombosis or "DVT"and venous insufficiency, or simply for those who travel or stand on their feet for extended periods of time.
A compression garment is usually worn after completion of complete decongestive therapy, or "CDT", and during the secondary or "maintenance" phase of Lymphedema treatment. Compression garments are made in a variety of lengths, sizes and colors, and are especially designed to fit the various anatomical structures of the body.
Compression garments 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 are selected for treatment as follows.
- Class 0: 15 - 20 mmHg – used for those at risk for Lymphedema
- Class I: 20 - 30 mmHg – used for those at risk, or for early or mild Lymphedema
- Class II: 30 - 40 mmHg – used for moderate or severe Lymphedema
- Class III: 40 - 50 mmHg – used for severe or hard to control Lymphedema
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