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 A compression bandage is very common equipment for reducing swelling. You may find it easily at your nearest medical store. It is also a necessary part of first aid that is also known as RICE therapy, which means Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. We can also say that it is a stretchable bandage that helps to maintain the pressure of the body part by wrapping. Here we will discuss sports injuries. It is a common occurrence among athletes because sprains and strains are easily sustained while participating in sports. Compression bandages also help to reduce the pain while restricting blood flow. It is necessary to know how to use the compression bandage accurately.

Types of bandages 

There are mainly two types of compression bandages available on the market. 

  • Adhesive bandages, which are also known as short-stretch bandages. They are known best for edema treatment and also for thrombosis treatments that are very sensitive to recovering easily.                           
  • Long-stretch elastic bandages are easier to use than elastic ones because they have a high relief pressure that helps to reduce pain and swelling easily. 

There are also more types of bandages available on the market that we will talk about in another article. Stay connected. 

Size variations of compression bandages

There are various types of compression bandages available on the market as per the size.

It is very important to use the correct size of compression bandage because it is all about health and we cannot take any risks with the body. Below are the appropriate details regarding choosing the right size of compression bandage, such as:

  • If we talk about 6-inch compression bandages, then they are best for the torso, thigh, or chest.


  • If we talk about 3 to 4-inch bandages, then they are worthy for an adult's legs and arms.


  • If we talk about 2-inch bandages, then they are suitable for babies, children’s legs and arms, or teens' fingers. 


  • It is critical to manage blood circulation according to swelling, so look for compression bandages that are neither too narrow nor too wide and that are appropriate for the circulation of individuals in strains.

How Do Compression Bandages Work?

Here we are going to learn about the work processes of compression bandages and also how to wrap a sprained wrist in a sequence. It is a very important part for patients because the wrong bandages can cause big problems, so while wrapping the body parts, be aware of the complexities. You can wrap your hand easily, but when it comes to joint parts of the body, then it can become tricky for you to handle properly. Let's start with the hands and arms, because these parts are common for getting sprains and strains easily in sports. 

Steps in a sequence such as:

  • The first step is to roll up the compression bandage if it is still to be rolled up.                                                              
  • Second, you have to hold the compression bandage by which it will start when the roll is facing up.                       
  • After that, you have to keep the body part in a neutral position. That will help you recover fast.                             
  • Now you have to start wrapping the compression bandage from the furthest end of the body part.               
  • Here you have to continue wrapping the compression bandage, overcrossing the shores of the bandage by an inch or so each time you have to repeat it around.            
  • You can now neatly secure the clip or pin at the end of the compression bandage.


After reading this article, we can now say that we are aware of compression bandages and also how to use them in an effective way. Starting from the introduction, the proper sizes of bandages and also the types of bandages with steps to use them wisely, I hope this article has provided you with a thorough understanding of the various types of compression bandages. Stay connected with us to learn more about this interesting knowledge.

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