Short Stretch Compression Bandages

Short Stretch Compression Bandages

Short Stretch Bandages For Lymphedema

Short stretch compression bandages are used to create the outer layer of multi-layer compressive bandaging therapy systems which are used in the treatment of lymphedema and edema. While they might look like common "Ace" bandages that are seen at retail stores, short stretch compression bandages are much less stretchy.

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Short stretch bandages are made from cotton fibers which are interwoven in a way that allows only for approximately 60% extensibility of their original length. When used as part of a multi-layer compression bandage, the "short stretch" capacity of these bandages creates an external force against outward muscle contraction, (known as working pressure). Conversely, while the muscles are at rest, the pressure of the short stretch bandages is low, thereby eliminating constriction or a "tourniquet effect," which would otherwise hinder the normal flow of body fluids.

By using more compression layers further down a limb, and fewer layers higher up, graded pressure is created, helping to move lymphatic fluid upward and out of an affected area. Multi-layered short stretch bandages also provide a semi-rigid barrier that helps to prevent the expansion of swelling or edema.

For lymphedema treatments, various medical foams and paddings can be used to help cushion the skin and distribute the compressive pressures created by the short stretch bandages, or to provide additional targeted pressure points when extra pressure is needed.

Our selection of short stretch compression bandages includes:

  • Comprilan short stretch bandages
  • Rosidal K short stretch bandages
  • BiaForm short stretch bandages
  • SoftCompress short stretch bandages
  • LoPress short stretch bandages
  • Idealbinde short stretch bandages
  • Isoband short stretch bandages
  • Durelast short stretch bandages

Please note that with extensibility that is greater than 140% of their original length, medium and long stretch bandages provide little resistance to muscle contraction. Because of this these bandages stretch as edema increases, provide low pressure, and therefore do not help contain edema.

You may also consider our RianCorp laser for lymphedema treatment (post-mastectomy), as an additional treatment alternative.

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FAQs About Short Stretch Compression Bandages

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about short stretch compression bandages.

  • What Is A Short Stretch Compression Bandage
  • Short stretch compression bandages are specialized bandages that can extend to approximately 30%-60% of their original size. Because of their compression – and extensibility – short stretch compression bandages can help lymph fluid move the way that it should. Short stretch compression bandages are often part of a multilayer bandaging system used to treat and manage lymphedema, edema, and other medical conditions.

  • How Do Short Stretch Compression Bandages Work
  • Made from interwoven cotton fibers, short stretch compression bandages provide high working pressure (while you’re moving) and low resting pressure (while you’re inactive). Because short stretch compression bandages simultaneously provide pressure and expand, they can help move lymphatic fluid out of a limb.

  • Short Stretch Vs Long Stretch Compression Bandages
  • In general, short stretch compression bandages will extend to 30%-60% of their original length, while long stretch compression bandages will extend to 100%-300% of their original length.

  • How To Apply Short Stretch Compression Bandages
  • Short stretch compression bandages are typically the outer layer of a multilayer lymphedema bandaging system, which can include: gauze, stockinettes, and foam or padding. A lymphedema therapist or doctor should apply the short stretch compression bandage to ensure that the correct technique and pressure is used, with the right amount of stretch and overlap in the bandaging.

  • How Tight To Wrap A Short Stretch Compression Bandage
  • To ensure the proper fit, a lymphedema therapist or doctor should wrap your short stretch compression bandage – snug enough to be effective, but not tight.

  • How Long Can You Wear A Short Stretch Compression Bandage
  • Depending on your condition, short stretch compression bandages can be worn for several days at a time. You should check with your lymphedema specialist or doctor for specific recommendations.

  • Can You Leave A Short Stretch Compression Bandage On Overnight
  • Most people can wear their short stretch compression bandages at night, but you should check with your lymphedema therapist or doctor for specific recommendations.

  • What Are Other Names For A Short Stretch Compression Bandage
  • Short stretch compression bandages are also sometimes called short stretch bandages, short stretch wraps, stretch bandages, compression bandages, and compressive bandages.

  • Who Makes Short Stretch Compression Bandages
  • We carry most brands of short stretch compression bandages, from some of the top manufacturers of lymphedema bandaging supplies, including: Comprilan, Rosidal K, BiaForm, SoftCompress, LoPress, Idealbinde, Isoband, and Durelast.