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Compression Stockings for Venous Insufficiency - Venous Insufficiency Treatments at Vein Treatment Center
Wednesday, August 14, 2013



By far the most common treatment option, compression therapy involves the use of compression stockings to treat venous reflux disease and symptomatic varicose veins.


The stockings maintain pressure on the legs, helping to prevent blood from refluxing into the legs. In essence, compression on the skin compresses the underlying varicose veins, and this compression prevents them from pooling with blood. Compression directs blood from the superficial veins into the deep veins. This also helps heal venous leg ulcers and minimizes ongoing skin changes (trophic changes) that we mentioned above. 


However, compression stockings can be uncomfortable, and they can also be difficult to put on by yourself. These complications mean that patients often neglect to wear their stockings, compounding the problem.


It is not uncommon for patients to have neck problems (herniated disks or degenerative joint disease of the spine), lower back problems (lumbar herniated disks or DJD of the spine), osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis of the hands and carpal tunnel syndrome – these conditions individually make it difficult for patients to put stockings on or to take them off. As such, patients are not compliant with daily use of compression stockings for venous insufficiency.





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Compression Requirements


As a note, most patients will have to wear compression stockings for the rest of their lives to prevent problems from recurring, though these can be uncomfortable and inconvenient.


An interesting study by the Cochrane Collaboration found that using an oral supplement could provide superior results to compression stockings without the discomfort. The key to the oral supplement is actually horse chestnut extract, a herbal extract that has been used for thousands of years to treat a wide range of conditions.




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