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How do compression stockings help ease symptoms of deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?

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Compression stockings are specially designed socks or sleeves. They squeeze (compress) your leg in a way that improves blood flow.

These stockings tend to apply the most pressure at your ankles. The pressure gets lighter farther up your leg, which forces blood upward.

This therapeutic squeezing can ease swelling, blood buildup, and discomfort from deep vein thrombosis (DVT). It can also help prevent feelings of lightheadedness when you stand up. And it can make it easier for you to move around.

But when it comes to easing pain, the evidence on compression stockings is mixed. Some studies have found that compression stockings don't reduce pain any better than a placebo.

SOURCES:

Cedars-Sinai.org: "Post-Thrombotic Syndrome."

The Lancet : "Randomised trial of effect of compression stockings in patients with symptomatic proximal-vein thrombosis."

Mayo Clinic: "Mayo Clinic Q and A: Tips for using compression stockings."

Hematology : "The post-thrombotic syndrome."

National Health Services (U.K.): "How long should I wear compression stockings to improve my circulation?" "How long should I wear compression stockings after surgery?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Prevention."

The Lancet Haematology : "Individualised versus standard duration of elastic compression therapy for prevention of post-thrombotic syndrome (IDEAL DVT): a multicentre, randomised, single-blind, allocation-concealed, non-inferiority trial."

Blood Coagulation, Fibrinolysis and Cellular Haemostasis : "Graduated compression stockings to treat acute leg pain associated with proximal DVT."

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on August 5, 2020

SOURCES:

Cedars-Sinai.org: "Post-Thrombotic Syndrome."

The Lancet : "Randomised trial of effect of compression stockings in patients with symptomatic proximal-vein thrombosis."

Mayo Clinic: "Mayo Clinic Q and A: Tips for using compression stockings."

Hematology : "The post-thrombotic syndrome."

National Health Services (U.K.): "How long should I wear compression stockings to improve my circulation?" "How long should I wear compression stockings after surgery?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Prevention."

The Lancet Haematology : "Individualised versus standard duration of elastic compression therapy for prevention of post-thrombotic syndrome (IDEAL DVT): a multicentre, randomised, single-blind, allocation-concealed, non-inferiority trial."

Blood Coagulation, Fibrinolysis and Cellular Haemostasis : "Graduated compression stockings to treat acute leg pain associated with proximal DVT."

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on August 5, 2020

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