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Vasopneumatic Compression

Vasopneumatic compression is used to reduce inflammation and swelling in the upper or lower extremities following an injury or surgery. The compression is augmented by the use of an ice pack which is pre-fitted to an inflatable garment, with multiple pressure compartments. While on, each compartment gradually inflates, stays compressed for a brief period, and decompresses, then repeats typically over a session of 10-15 minutes. In the physical therapy setting, a typical indication for vasopnematic compression is to reduce edema or swelling control. Compression of tissue can elevate the pressure of fluid in interstitial spaces to a level higher than that of blood and lymph vessels. The change in pressure gradient may facilitate the flow out of the interstitial space back into the venous and lymphatic vessels for drainage (Cameron, 425).

Who Should Use It?

Anyone who has swelling, pain, and doesn’t have any contraindications can use vasopneumatic compression.

Who Shouldn’t Use It?

  • Patients with significant vascular impairments in the affected region
  • Uncontrolled Diabetes
  • Prior frostbite
  • Moderate arteriosclerosis
  • Any signs of ischemia

Cameron, M. H. (2018). Physical agents in rehabilitation: An evidence-based approach to practice. St. Louis: Elsevier.

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