Compression therapy is frequently the first and most conservative step in the management of varicose veins. This treatment may not cure existing problems, but may reduce symptoms such as swelling, cramping and aching. Compression Stockings provide external graduated counter-pressure to aid in venous blood flow back to the heart. They reduce pooling and pressure in the veins and may also reduce the risk of forming a blood clot.
Insurers often require that patients undergo conservative compression therapy prior to becoming eligible for reimbursement of more extensive varicose vein treatments.