Compression Stockings and Garments
Compression Stockings work well in conjunction with Pneumatic Compression Pumps, and insurance companies often require patients try medical-grade compression stockings, before they will approve coverage for a compression pump.
At Riverside we provide compression stockings, socks, wraps, arm sleeves, gloves, and other compression garments. You can purchase them here on our e-Store, or contact us for assistance.
Click the link below to begin shopping for the type of Compression Garment you need, or, read on to learn more about compression stockings and how they treat lymphedema and circulation issues.
Compression Stockings and Socks
Compression Arm Sleeves and Gloves
Compression Therapy for Poor Circulation
To restore or improve circulation, graduated compression garments are often part of a management plan. Compression stockings are designed to provide support to the legs and veins, assist with circulation, and minimize swelling. The compression is graduated, with the strongest support starting at the ankles and gradually decreasing towards the top of the garment. As a person moves, graduated compression stockings apply pressure to the outside of the veins to help reduce their size, help the valves close and aid in returning blood back to the heart. The combination of graduated compression stockings plus leg activity can help improve blood circulation and give you more freedom to move.
Compression Therapy for Lymphedema
Lymphedema is a condition that affects the lymphatic vessels, which are responsible for transporting protein-rich lymph fluid back into the circulatory system. When lymph vessels are unable to transport this fluid properly, a build-up occurs, resulting in swelling and the thickening of the skin. Although there is no cure, wearing compression garments is one of the most important aspects of managing lymphedema. Compression garments are designed to keep a continuous pressure on the swollen/affected area to assist the drainage of fluid and minimize swelling.
All compression therapy garments are not designed and manufactured the same. Here are a few key features to look for when shopping for your compression garment. Our number one goal is to ensure a positive, comfortable wearing experience for you.
Garments manufactured with latex rubber have a short shelf life because over time the latex rubber compression fibers will break down and crumble from wear and tear and from exposure to sunlight, heat, oils, lotions or ointments. Some people also run the risk of acquiring latex skin allergies while wearing garments made with latex. That’s why all the compression products we offer at Riverside, are latex free.
Most of our compression garments are made with Lycra®, the highest quality synthetic compression fiber on the market. Lycra resists wear and tear. Some manufacturers use Spandex (a lower grade fiber) or latex rubber compression fibers which wear down, are more susceptible to breakdown, are harder to care for and typically less comfortable to wear.
The major difference between a higher quality compression garment and lower quality garment (over-the-counter products) is an inlay thread, generally made of Lycra or rubber. Our products have inlay threads that are knitted into the material in a continuous manner and different compression levels are achieved by adjusting the tension of this inlay thread, providing a high level of compression consistency.
If a compression garment has a shine to it or feels sticky on the inside, this indicates that the compression fibers are uncovered. Garments made with covered compression fibers are superior because they ensure greater comfort, durability, softness and ease of putting on and taking off. At Riverside, our compression garments use the FiberSoft® process, which wraps each compression fiber with soft, protective threads which lift the compression fiber off the skin and increase the garment’s durability and comfort.
Ease of Care
Compression therapy garments should be washed and dried each night. Latex rubber compression garments must be hand washed and air dried, while our latex-free garments can be machine washed and dried for greater convenience.
Riverside Medical Supply offers a wide range of standard, off-the-rack sizes, plus custom-made garments tailored to fit virtually any size and shape.