Tampa, FL -- (ReleaseWire) -- 01/30/2018 -- Turkish researchers found that intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC) significantly reduced knee swelling in patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA).
The study's authors noted IPC's common use in treating lymphedema and venous leg ulcers, but found a lack of literature on the therapy's use in musculoskeletal injuries, particularly in OA patients with knee swelling.
Greg Grambor, president of Vascular PRN, said the study was the latest in a long series of positive research on IPC. His company is a national distributor of pneumatic compression devices to hospitals, nursing homes and patients.
"The research is piling up now, providing scientific validation of what doctors have long suspected based on their own experience: intermittent pneumatic compression has a range of positive effects for patients with many different conditions," Grambor said.
Researchers divided test subjects into two groups. Both the control group and experimental group received electrical nerve stimulation, ultrasound and exercise. The control group also received cold packs, a standard therapy for knee swelling, while the experimental group received IPC. A significant difference in knee swelling in favor of the IPC group was found.
Intermittent pneumatic therapy works by rhythmically compressing the limbs, stimulating blood flow and decreasing fluid retention. Research shows generally high rates of patient compliance and low risk of complications.
The researchers noted that both groups showed significant improvement in secondary symptoms, including range of motion, strength and pain.
"As awareness of this non-invasive, drug-free, affordable therapy increases, I look forward to helping doctors and patients achieve their goals," Grambor said.
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