Theory and Practice of Compression Therapy for Treating and Preventing Venous Ulcers

Actas Dermosifiliogr (Engl Ed). 2020 Dec;111(10):829-834. doi: 10.1016/ Epub 2020 Jun 20.
[Article in English, Spanish]


Compression therapy is the basis for treating the cause of venous ulcers and preventing recurrence. Various systems are currently available for applying compression and adapting them to patients' needs can improve adherence to treatment. Understanding the principles that underlie compression therapy is essential for success. Although this paper focuses mainly on venous ulcers, compression has also proven beneficial for other conditions, such as lymphedema and wounds resulting from injury or inflammation.

Keywords: Bandages; Compresión terapéutica; Compressive therapy; Elastic stockings; Media de compresión; Terapia compresiva; Therapeutics compression; Vendaje; Venous ulcer; Úlcera venosa.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Inflammation
  • Pressure
  • Recurrence
  • Secondary Prevention
  • Varicose Ulcer* / prevention & control