One of the most common treatments for lymphedema involves the use of pneumatic compression devices as a way to relieve the swelling associated with the disease. Lymphedema is a condition that occurs when the lymphatic system fails to properly remove excess fluids from the body. Lymphedema commonly affects the legs, arms, and feet with excessive swelling making it difficult to manage day-to-day activities. Lymphedema, while it cannot be cured, can be controlled with the use of pneumatic compression devices.
Doctors will often prescribe the use of pneumatic compression pump to stimulate circulation in order to alleviate the fluid build-up in limbs. Pneumatic compression devices a comprised of a pump attached to a sleeve that can be fitted to the affected body part. Once the pneumatic compression device is activated it will assist the body in drain the surfeit of fluid away from that area. The pneumatic compression pump inflates and deflates the sleeve creating a squeezing action resulting in the fluids returning to the lymphatic system.
One of the benefits of using pneumatic compression devices is the ability to go about your daily life without being confined during treatment. Modern pneumatic compression devices are quiet and lightweight making it easy to take them with you wherever you go. The added bonus is that most pneumatic compression devices are covered by medical insurances once they are prescribed by a doctor.
Pneumatic compression devices are referred to as compression pumps and lymphedema pumps; whatever the name they all serve the same purpose which is to provide relief from detrimental swelling. Pneumatic compression devices have proven to be useful for other conditions such as deep vein thrombosis and circulatory problems. For more information on pneumatic compression devices, please contact us or visit our website.