Compression Therapy

Princeton Wound Care

Compression therapy is a valuable treatment for improving chronic wounds. At Princeton Wound Care (PWC) in Princeton, New Jersey, the team offers expert compression therapy for wounds of the lower legs, ankles, or feet. In addition to care at the Princeton office, PWC also offers compression therapy with on-site treatment in rehab centers, assisted living, and long-term care facilities in New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, and Delaware. For a consultation and to see if compression therapy is right for you, call the office.

Compression Therapy Q & A

What is compression therapy?

Compression therapy is a treatment option for soft tissue wounds caused by poor circulation, referred to as chronic venous wounds. These types of injuries often affect the lower legs, ankles, and feet, due to chronic conditions like peripheral arterial disease (PAD) or diabetes. 

Compression therapy uses specialized stockings, wraps, and garments to apply controlled pressure to the upper or lower limbs. This type of pressure promotes circulation and supports healthy blood flow through the body. 

The team at PWC has extensive knowledge of the proper application of compression therapy to help prevent, improve, and heal complex and slow-healing wounds. 

Do I need compression therapy?

Compression therapy is beneficial for anyone who suffers from poor blood flow in the extremities. Even if you don’t have signs of venous disease or insufficient blood flow, you may benefit from compression therapy. 

Compression therapy could benefit your health if you:

  • Have chronic, slow-healing wounds in your extremities
  • Have varicose veins or spider veins
  • Have PAD or peripheral vascular disease (PVD)
  • Have leg or ankle swelling
  • Have chronic conditions, such as diabetes or lymphedema
  • Have discoloration to your lower extremities
  • Are regularly on your feet for long periods
  • Are pregnant

In some cases, the team may recommend compression therapy after surgery or some vein treatments. 

How does compression therapy work? 

Compression therapy applies constant amounts of gentle pressure along the entire length of the limb being treated. This pressure supports the blood vessels of the limbs, which are weakened and unable to effectively move blood through the arm or leg and back to the heart. 

Without the active movement of blood through the tissues of the extremities, tissues don't receive blood and oxygen. Reduced blood flow makes healing difficult and is the underlying cause of chronic venous ulcers that are slow or nonhealing. 

Compression therapy helps offset weakened vessels, improves blood flow, and promotes healing in the limb. 

What are the benefits of using compression therapy?

Aside from improved healing, compression therapy is a beneficial part of your treatment plan because it: 

  • Is simple and effective
  • Is cost-effective
  • Strengthens veins
  • Is noninvasive 
  • Is painless
  • Improves overall circulation
  • Decreases swelling in lower legs and feet

The compression therapy specialists at PWC determine how to improve your circulation and heal your wounds using specialized compression products. 

For an expert consultation about how compression therapy can help you, call Princeton Wound Care or schedule an appointment today. PWC provides on-site care at rehab centers, assisted-living facilities, and nursing homes in New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, and Delaware.