Bio compression treatments have provided millions of patients worldwide with effective care and relief from painful lymphedema symptoms.
What is lymphedema?
Lymphedema occurs in people with compromised lymphatic symptoms and results in swelling and fluid retention in the limbs. This can cause significant pain, unsightly swelling, and limitations to their mobility. It is also known as lymphatic obstruction.
Lymphedema is measured in five stages, from Stage 0 to Stage 4. A new proposed measuring system based on grades has also been proposed and endorsed by the American Society of Lymphology (ASL). Bio compression or pneumatic compression provides relief and treatment in early stages, but at late stages the effects can become permanent and may only be treatable through surgery. The risks to surgery are significant and ‘debulking’ surgeries are not widely performed or accepted because of the many potential complications that can arise from the practice.
Bio Compression techniques and technologies help to enhance and augment the body’s ability to move fluids in the proper direction where it can be recaptured by the lymphatic system and appropriately processed. Bio compression devices usually work on inflationary techniques that create equal pressure around the limb and encourage fluid exit from the region where the pressure is applied.
A wide variety of bio compression products are available on the market today and many are covered through private insurance, state insurance, and Medicare.
Pneumatic compression is a form of treatment that helps hundreds of thousands of people who are suffering from the agony of lymphedema and its associated symptoms.
Lymphedema is brought on by compromisation of the lymphatic system and causes swelling in limbs and extremities because fluids are unable to exit the tissue. The swelling can be extreme and can result in significant limitations to movement, strong pain symptoms, and great impacts on normal life and social interactions. Many lymphedema sufferers experience embarrassment, discomfort , and nagging worries about the disease and its effects on their appearance.
But pneumatic compression therapies and products, along with other techniques engaged in the treatment of lymphedema, are providing relief and hope for sufferers the world over. Pneumatic compression devices operate by applying pressure to portions of the limb and extremities helping to force fluids to exit and return to normal circulation in the lymphatic system. Essentially, these treatments enhance the body’s normal activity and ability. Devices range from smaller region specific functions, to larger limb focused devices that target a whole extremity.
Pneumatic compression products are widely prescribed and recommended for treatment of lymphedema because they are non-invasive, carry lower risks to patients then surgery, and can be used conveniently from one’s own home. In early stages, they are one of the most promising ongoing ways to help patient’s suffering from this condition.