Why use a compression wrap verses a compression bandage?
Inelastic compression garments have some key advantages over a bandaging application. Most notably, compression wraps like the circaid® juxtalite® and juxtalite® hd have measurable compression levels that give the clinician and patient the ability to apply the prescribed dosage. Due to the hook-and-loop (Velcro®-like) application, a garment can be adjusted and reapplied as compression products can migrate during activity. And, inelastic garments can be washed and dried, allowing for long-term wear of at least 6 months which is a tremendous value on a cost-per-application basis.
Why use a compression wrap verses a compression stocking?
There are three functions to evaluate when choosing between an inelastic compression garment versus a compression stocking such as the mediven®
assortments. Both provide accurate, graduated compression when fit and applied correctly, and both provide quality long-term therapy.
Compression wraps are made of inelastic material that delivers dynamic compression. Meaning, at rest the garment will hold at the set compression level. But when the patient ambulates, the calf muscle pumps or “flexes”, causing additional pressure that makes the delivered compression level rise temporarily. Compression stockings are made up of an elastic material that delivers static compression. The delivered compression level in a compression stocking stays relatively constant as the elastic material stretches with the calf “pump” during ambulation.
The other core difference between a compression wrap and a stocking is the application methods. Traditional stockings are applied like other socks or hosiery. There are techniques
and application aids
that can assist those who may be challenged. Some patients may find that the wrap application
is a good alternative. Lastly, the inelastic properties and design allow compression wraps to be adjusted for wear both day and nighttime wear. While in a reclined position, less compression is needed due to diminished effects of gravity pulling fluids to the feet.