Document Type

Poster

Publication Date

2018

Department

Physical Therapy

Faculty Advisor

Michael Brown, PT DPT OCS Cert MDT COMT FAAOMPT

Abstract

Venous leg ulcers are open chronic wounds that occur within the gaiter region of the leg and are a consequence of venous insufficiency. Multiple symptoms such as pain, restricted movement, itching, wound infection, and edema are a result of ulcers. Also, venous leg ulcers limit arterial perfusion into the lower extremity, compromising peripheral circulation to the foot. Compression is an effective and recommended treatment which works by application of graduated pressure to the leg, which improves venous return and reduces reflux. Compression is often used in the treatment of venous leg ulcers to increase ulcer healing rate, the patient's mobility, and quality of life. This is a review of the literature in respect to the effectiveness of compression in the treatment of venous leg ulcers. The difference in effectiveness of compression hosiery versus compression bandages and short-stretch compression versus four-layer compression will be discussed.

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