Can Compression Stockings Really Help Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis?

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Compression stockings improve circulation and reduce swelling in the legs. Over the years, research has even been targeted at whether or not these stockings can help prevent deep vein thrombosis or DVT. Even though health officials are not always in agreement that these stockings prevent DVT, studies do show promising results to this fact. Inactivity for long periods of time increases the risk of developing this condition. For example, people who are passengers on long flights, have just had surgery or have other health issues may develop this condition. We share further facts with you here in this information.

Definition of DVT

Deep vein thrombosis happens when a blood clot develops in a vein that is deep inside the body. Typically, this occurs in the thigh or lower leg area. If the clot dislodges and travels to other areas of the body, it can cause other serious problems such as a pulmonary embolism in the lungs. DVT calls for immediate medical attention. Symptoms of this disorder include tenderness and warmth over the affected vein, swelling or pain in the surrounding area, and skin redness.

Causes for Deep Vein Thrombosis

Causes for this condition range from a family history of it to being sedimentary for long periods of time. Two examples of the latter cause are long flights on airplanes and being bedridden after a surgical procedure. Another major cause is when patients have a clotting disorder that makes the blood thicker than it should be to circulate through the body in the proper manner.

The Effectiveness of Wearing Compression Stockings for Prevention of DVT

A study performed back in 2016 combined data from 20 different trials based on half of the participants wearing compression stockings on flights of at least five hours in length while the other participants did not wear this type of stockings during the same type of flights. The results showed positive evidence that wearing the compression stockings reduce the risk of symptomless DVT, but are not conclusive on symptomatic DVT. The only reason for the latter, though, is the fact that no cases of symptomatic DVT developed in the participants. For further details on this study, click here.

Styles of Compression Stockings

Since all patients have different needs, compression stockings come in various strengths and the following styles:

  • Below the knee
  • Pantyhose
  • Thigh-high
  • Maternity
  • Ulcer compression kits
  • Single-leg

For further guidance on the effectiveness of compression stockings in preventing deep vein thrombosis, contact Northern Orthotics. We specialise in professional orthotic services and products, and we will lead you in the right direction for your specific circumstances.

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