Types of Compression Apparel

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Compression apparel is used as both a way to prevent injuries and to treat injuries when they happen. From musculoskeletal injuries to circulatory conditions, a little compression can go a long way in terms of reducing pain and inflammation. No matter what level of compression you need on any part of your body, Mullaney’s Pharmacy + Medical Supply has the right compression apparel for you.

Levels of Compression

Compression apparel is available in a range of different levels. Light or mild compression garments provide between 8-15 mmHg, while extra-firm compression can go all the way up to 40 mmHg. Depending on your condition, one level of compression will be better for treatment. Always consult with your doctor before purchasing compression apparel, especially if you’re considering firm or extra-firm compression.

Types of Compression Apparel

Compression Socks & Compression Stockings

Compression socks and stockings target pain and swelling in the feet and legs. They assist in maintaining blood flow and reducing discomfort. You may be recommended compression socks or stockings for the following circumstances/conditions:

  • After surgery
  • When bedridden
  • During pregnancy
  • Treating/preventing varicose veins
  • Preventing deep vein thrombosis
  • Treating post-thrombotic syndrome
  • Treating leg swelling
  • Improving athletic performance
  • Preventing injury during athletic activity

Compression Sleeves

Compression sleeves increase blood flow to the arms, helping prevent injury and expedite muscle and joint recovery. Compression sleeves are often found in athletics, but may also be used for the following conditions:

  • Preventing muscle soreness
  • Treating lymphedema
  • Treating muscle/joint injuries

Compression Knee Support

Knee support comes in a variety of styles to maintain mobility while still supporting the knee. Compression knee sleeves could be used to treat the following:

  • Muscle tears (especially meniscus tears)
  • Arthritis
  • Strains
  • Sprains
  • Swelling
  • Patella pain
  • Anterior knee pain
  • Runner’s knee

Compression Gloves

Compression gloves can come in a full-finger or a cut-off variety. They are used to both keep the hands warm and provide pressure to stiff and/or swollen hands and fingers. Compression gloves are most commonly used to treat:

  • Raynaud’s Syndrome
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Joint instability
  • Swelling resulting from surgery, fractures, or burns

Compression Undergarments

While some use compression undergarments (like pantyhose and bodysuits) as shapewear, they also provide medical benefits. Most commonly, compression underwear is recommended for people recovering from surgery (such as hernia surgery or a c-section). Compression underwear helps reduce swelling, keeps everything in place, and assists in preventing the formation of scar tissue.

Compression Apparel from Mullaney’s

If you’re interested in learning more about compression apparel, come to Mullaney’s Pharmacy & Medical Supply. Our in-store experts can help you find a compression garment that works for you. Please note, we highly recommend getting approval from a medical professional before purchasing and wearing a compression garment.