New technologies in vascular rehabilitation
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Keywords

Lymphedema
Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Devices
Bandages
Physiotherapy

How to Cite

Prosperi, L., Barassi , G., Supplizi , M., Giancola , A., Di Matteo , C., Manca , M., Gallo , L., & Di Iorio , A. (2021). New technologies in vascular rehabilitation. Journal of Advanced Health Care, 3(1). https://doi.org/10.36017/jahc202131116

Abstract

Lymphedema of lower limbs represents an important health problem, characterized by the necessity to identify new methods of  treatment. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of the treatment with Lymphatic Kinesiology Taping (LKT) or Intermittent  Pneumatic Compression therapy (IPC) on a homogeneous group of 40 women affected by primary lymphedema within stage 2 of  lower limbs, comparing the two methods. Patients were equally and randomly divided into a group A subjected to application of LKT  and group B subjected to IPC. All patients were evaluated through electric bioimpedentiometry (analysis of Total Body Water and  Extracellular Water) and circumferential measurement of lower limbs through a measurement tape, both before and after the protocol  (T0 and T1). Both treatment groups highlighted an improvement of the lymphedema, with a marked reduction of volume of  lower limbs and a better hydric balance of the body. LKT and IPC can be considered as viable options for the treatment of primary  lymphedema within stage 2 of lower limbs. 

https://doi.org/10.36017/jahc202131116
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