Spectrum Healthcare – Lymphedema Compression Products

Spectrum Healthcare is a leading supplier of many types of lymphedema compression bandages and pumps, as well as many other lymphedema products. From short compression bandages, used to apply pressure to lymph veins to aid in drainage, to lymphedema compression pumps which are essential in controlling swelling and other lymphedema symptoms, Spectrum Healthcare’s comprehensive line of lymphedema products is sure to have the product or solution that best fits your individualized therapy plan.

Many lymphedema sufferers are able to control their symptoms through the use of various compression techniques. These techniques actively force blood and lymph fluid from tissue and veins, in the case of lymphedema pumps, and also provide resistance the enables the body to work harder on its own, in the case of lymphedema compression products, which can work in tandem to help control the swelling and discomfort associated with lymphedema. Furthermore, these lymphedema products are a vital part of patients’ therapy processes and help sufferers to lead more normal, more active lifestyles.

Lymphedema compression therapy is one of the most widely used and effective treatments for controlling the symptoms of lymphedema. There are many types of lymphedema products that help with compression therapy, but the primary methods of applying controlled pressure are wrap bandages and lymphedema pumps. Each has their own benefits and are typically combined with one another and perhaps other lymphedema therapies to provide the most comprehensive therapy process possible.

Lymphedema compression bandages. Compression bandages, similar to those used for wrist sprains, are simply bandages that are wrapped tightly around the affected area. This compression provides resistance against which the lymph veins can push. This resistance allows the veins to work harder and more efficiently to more completely empty themselves of lymph fluid. In many cases, these compression bandages can enable a greatly increased volume of fluid flow from and can even help to soften tissues and veins that are affected by lymphedema.

Lymphedema pumps. Lymphedema pumps, pneumatic pumps that compress affected areas within inflatable sleeves, are a more active means of lymphedema therapy. These pumps work in a controlled and graduated manner to “cycle” veins through pressure-negative pressure processes by adding and removing pressure. Lymphedema pumps are known to provide similar therapy as that provided by compression bandages and they have the added benefit of softening other tissues which promotes additional fluid flow. However, these pumps may also force lymph fluid into other areas of surrounding tissue, and thus they are often used in conjunction with compression bandages which can help to contain the fluid while it is being evacuated from the area.

While there’s no easy method for controlling lymphedema symptoms, many lymphedema products can be used together to create a personalized, comprehensive therapy plan. These plans work with a patient’s body to promote fluid flow and reduce swelling and discomfort. Additionally, these techniques help to reduce the chance of infection that comes with tissue swelling, a very real danger that can greatly complicate the relief efforts of traditional lymphedema therapy

Lymphedema Relief with Lymphedema Pumps

Lymphedema is a complex and uncomfortable disease that, essentially, results in fluid retention around the extremities in sufferers. This fluid retention causes painful swelling and can even result in limb deformation and potentially deadly infections. Also, because the causes of lymphedema aren’t completely understood, it can be difficult to treat effectively and symptoms will typically progress over the patient’s lifetime. Luckily, there are a few products that are able to help patients to alleviate some of the worst symptoms such as swelling and tightness.

The concept behind lymphedema relief is to treat the fluid buildup. To do this, a variety of techniques involving graduated or constant pressure are used to force excess fluid out of tissue and back into circulation where it can be cleaned by the body. Primarily, this involves a compression wrap, which is similar to the wraps you see on sprain patients, and a lymphedema pump. These two devices work in tandem, each tackling a separate part of the problem.

Compression wraps are very useful in lymphedema therapy because they help the body to work more efficiently. The pressure provided by these wraps will create a rigid structure against which the lymph veins can push. This helps the veins to work more efficiently and to enable positive fluid evacuation from the affected areas. Unfortunately, many patients find that the compression wraps do not totally relieve their symptoms, and this is where lymphedema pumps come in. These pumps are specialized equipment that work with an inflatable sleeve to apply pressure to the areas that are most affected by lymphedema and fluid buildup.

Lymphedema pumps work by applying constant, graduated pressure to an area and then releasing that pressure. This positive-negative pressure cycle helps to simulate the natural flow of blood in the body, and helps to expel fluid from tissues. By doing so, the lymph fluid can circulate in the body properly, where it can be cleaned from the blood without settling into tissues and muscles. Further benefits of lymphedema pumps are that these pumps can help to soften the tissues most often affected by lymphedema and it is this softening effect that promotes natural fluid drainage and circulation.

When used in tandem, compression wraps and lymphedema pumps offer an effective therapy to some of the most unpleasant lymphedema symptoms. And while there is currently no cure for lymphedema, a lymphedema pump is often an essential aspect of patient therapy that helps them to live happier and more comfortable lives.

How two types of lymphedema equipment help patients live better lives

A person with lymphedema knows how uncomfortable swelling in various parts of their bodies can make them feel. Excess fluid buildup, particularly in the outer extremities, is a symptom that can result from injury or a variety of medical conditions. Thanks to innovative lymphedema equipment, this symptom can be successfully treated.

We’ll look at the two primary pieces of equipment for treating and managing swelling disorders – compression wraps and compression pumps.

Compression wraps
When there is swelling in the extremities, several different styles of compression wraps are able to improve blood supply to the area and keep distention and swelling down. Wraps are made of either elastic or non-elastic materials, some with several layers. Each is ideal for delivering specific compression levels.

Used correctly under the direction of a physician, compression wraps are excellent lymphedema equipment to help decrease painful swelling and heal venous stasis ulcers.

In the case of the lower extremities, some of these wraps deliver compression to the entire lower leg and foot; others focus primarily on the ankles. Most are easy to adjust in order to obtain a therapeutic compression level and can be worn both day and night.

Compression pumps
Pumps deliver an automated level of compression by inflating a series of chambers within vinyl sleeves that are worn over the swollen area. Various styles are designed for targeted therapy for feet, arms, hands and legs, which are the most common areas of swelling.

These pumps are programmable for a specific pressure, speed and type of compression – graduated or sequential.

Compression pumps work well at reducing swelling and its resultant pain. They actually mimic the action of the lymphatic system to push backed-up fluid out of the affected area and back into circulation within the body. Wound healing is quickened because of increased circulation and the therapeutic effect is consistent and predictable.

Of course there are many other features to these types of lymphedema equipment. Spectrum Healthcare handles a full line of wraps and pumps made by top manufacturers. When your doctor prescribes compression treatment, see us first for the best quality devices at the most competitive prices.

If you have questions about specific lymphedema products or want to know more about how this equipment is used, you can visit us in Phoenixville, PA., or give us a call at (888) 210-5576. You can also send an e-mail by clicking here.

What are the benefits of lymphedema compression therapy?

Lymphedema can be the result of genetics, but in most cases it comes from various injuries or infections that affect the lymphatic system and cause it to operate ineffectively. In either case, the patient experiences often painful swelling, most commonly in the lower extremities, i.e., legs, ankles and feet.

Some patients also have edema (swelling) in the arms, wrists and fingers. Fortunately there are lymphedema compression devices that are designed to reduce swelling in both the legs and arms.

Compression is accomplished with both wraps and compression pumps. Wraps, sometimes called compression garments, serve to give support to the muscles in the affected area and cause them to move lymph fluid out of that area. By preventing fluid build-up, the patient experiences a decrease in pain and discomfort.

Compression pumps provide sequential pneumatic treatment for swelling conditions by mimicking the lymphatic system, causing lymph fluid to move out of the affected area and in the right direction through the body. Pump therapy also aids in wound healing by increasing blood circulation. Pumps work by sending constant or intermittent pressure to a specialized wrap or garment worn by the patient.

For lymphedema compression to be effective, patient compliance is critical. This means that patients need to follow the orders of their physicians and apply their wraps and use their pumps for the prescribed amount of time each day and, in the case of pump therapy, have the correct level of pressure sent to the body part.

Using compression systems for the first time can be disconcerting, but your healthcare provider will explain the process thoroughly to you, answer your questions and address your concerns. Spectrum Healthcare also can help with various aspects of lymphedema therapy.

We carry a complete line of lymphedema wraps and pump systems as well as a wide range of related accessories and equipment. Because we’re recognized experts in compression products and know how they work and how you should apply them, we’re able to provide the support you need every day.

If you’re a lymphedema patient and would like to know more about lymphedema compression products, one of our friendly staff members would be happy to help you select the optimal therapeutic devices for your specific condition. You can reach us at (888) 210-5576, or you can contact us through our website. We look forward to hearing from you.