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Compression Garment

Compression Garment

Although lymphedema can be reduced to a normal or near normal size using proper treatment techniques, the lymphatic vessels are never normal again after the presence of lymphedema. In addition, once lymphedema has been reduced, skin elasticity may never be regained completely since the elastic fibers in the skin are damaged from the swelling present in lymphedema.The primary goal of compression garments is to maintain the reduction achieved during the intensive phase of Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT); it is imperative to understand that compression garments are not designed to further reduce lymphedema.Patients are fitted for garments directly following the intensive phase of CDT by someone who is certified in taking measurements for compression garments. The measurements is taken in the morning when the limb is smallest; it is highly recommended to measure directly following the removal of the compression bandages, which are used until the garments are ready to be worn.

Selecting an appropriate compression garment is a challenging task,Get on Track Therapist are qualified and trained to take measurement an choose properly and accurately compression class.

Difference Between Custom-made and Ready-made Garments

The major difference between a high quality compression garment and a garment of lesser quality is the presence of an inlay thread , generally made of Lycra or rubber, which provides a high level of compression consistency. Both custom and ready-made garments used in lymphedema therapy contain this thread, which is woven into the material in a continuous manner. Ready-made or off-the-shelf garments are made from relatively thin and sheer fabrics that are continually knitted in a circular fashion on a cylinder and thus have no seam; varying stitch height and yarn tension create the appropriate shape and size. Generally, these garments tend to be more cosmetic (no seam) and lighter in weight.