Compression garments can be used to assist with a variety of issues, and are not just for legs. Compression garments are available for the hand, arm, torso, abdomen, and any combination thereof. The purpose of these garments is to provide a constant graduated pressure to help alleviate symptoms and to provide support.
There are different classes of compression for different issues, but only the mild to moderate compression levels are available without a prescription. This is true for all types of compression garment, whether they be for the hands, arms, legs, torso, or anywhere else.
No prescription is required for:
Over the Counter – Mild Compression 8-15 mmHg
- Mildly achy or tired legs or arms
- Support and comfort when standing or sitting for extended periods of time
Over the Counter – Moderate Compression 15-20 mmHg
- Tired and achy legs
- Slight swelling of feet, ankles, and/or legs
- Support for short duration air travel or exercise
- Sometimes recommended during pregnancy to help with varicose or spider veins
Prescription is required for:
Class 1 – Firm Compression 20-30 mmHg
- Chronically painful, heavily fatigued legs
- Varicose veins
- Mild edema
- Post-surgical procedures such as sclerotherapy or phlebectomy
- Low blood pressure
- Support for long duration air travel
Class 2 – Extra Firm Compression 30-40 mmHg
- Moderate to severe edema
- Varicose veins
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Venous stasis ulcers
Class 3 – 40-50 mmHg
- Chronic venous insufficiency
- Severe cases of deep vein thrombosis or post thrombotic syndrome
- Severe skin changes with active ulceration
Please note that these garments are NOT covered by the Assistive Devices Program.
Some insurance companies may reimburse the cost of the compression garment(s), but it is up to the patient to make the inquiry. Compression garment(s) cannot be direct billed, but a receipt will be provided for patients to submit to their insurance company.
It is highly recommended that the patient have a medical prescription for the garment(s) before purchasing, as the patient is responsible for meeting all requirements set out by their insurance company/policy.