How to get compression products

Learn what to do when you start having first signs of a venous disease or after you have been diagnosed. Learn how to obtain a prescription for compression products and how to get the fitted compression garment.

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Do you suspect you may have a venous problem?

Have you noticed signs of venous disease or suspect you may have a venous problem? Do you want to know what to do next and how to get compression products?

How to get a diagnosis and prescription

If you experience any signs of a venous disorder, you should visit a doctor in order to get a prescription for compression products. Your doctor may refer you to a specialist for venous diseases (phlebologist).

A phlebologist will make a diagnosis through a detailed examination of your current state of health,your medical history, and by visual and physical examination.

He or she might also use imaging methods such as ultrasound; however, the examination is usually painless and risk-free.

Then, your doctor will begin appropriate therapy measures depending on the degree of severity of your individual needs, which will most likely include writing a prescription for compression products. Once you have received a prescription from your doctor, you can purchase your compression garments from pharmacies, medical retailers, and sometimes directly from your physician.

Your medical retailer, pharmacist, or doctor will fit them individually for you.

Good to know: You can also buy compression stockings without prescription (although prescription is highly recommended). 15-20 mmHg stockings are often worn for wellbeing purposes. So, even if you do not have a predisposition or any complaints, compression socks and stockings can be worn if you feel comfortable in them. They improve circulation, alleviate symptoms such as heavy legs, and can improve the overall quality of your life.

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