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How Does Compression Actually Work For Arthritis?

By Complete Care Specialist May 10, 2018

compression wearArthritis is one of the most common and debilitating causes of pain and disability around the globe. There are more than 350 million people suffering from arthritis worldwide. In the United States alone, there are roughly 40 million people with arthritis. Treatments like compression can help, and here's how.

  • Provides support: A compression wrap provides comfortable compression as well as support when the affected area is pulled in all directions, like when the knee is extended or flexed. The support helps relieve the burden on the surrounding muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
  • Increases proprioception: Proprioception is the concept of knowing where your body is in space and the ability to maneuver safely around your environment. You are better aware of your body when compression is applied to it.
  • Preserves warmth: Increased joint pain can cause cold body temperatures for people with arthritis. Compression sleeves help preserve the body's warmth in the surrounding areas.
  • Prevents swelling: Compression therapy can help reduce swelling in the afflicted area because they squeeze the areas to prevent the buildup of fluid in the tissue. Swelling can be uncomfortable and painful, and compression helps with that.
  • Reduces moisture: Compression wear is typically available in modern lightweight fibers that can wick away moisture. It helps keep the afflicted area dry and free of odor.
  • Relieves pain: Compression helps relieve aches, pain, and stiffness caused by arthritis. All of the things mentioned above contribute to this. Less swelling, increased support, and even added warmth all help relieve pain in the afflicted area.

There are roughly 1 in 25 working-age adults (18 to 64 years old) that face work limitations due to arthritis all across the United States. You or your work should not have to suffer because of your arthritis, no matter what type you may suffer from. Compression wear, like compression sleeves or compression hosiery, are available for those suffering from arthritis. Compression can help your arthritic body in so many ways so you can go on living your life. 

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