For many years, pressure gradient therapy has been an accepted treatment for venous stasis disease and its accompanying leg ulcerations.1–3 Treatment of leg ulcerations with an intermittent compression pump, however, has received little attention in the medical literature. This case report documents the benefits of intermittent compression therapy in the conservative treatment of a patient with ulceration due to chronic venous stasis disease.
A 59-year-old white man, diagnosed as having chronic venous insufficiency and an associated lower leg ulcer, was referred to the physical therapy service. The patient, a retired Air Force Mess Sergeant, had a long history of lower extremity swelling, which he associated with the prolonged standing his job required. He also stated he was under treatment for hypertension, taking 50 mg of hydrochlorothiazide daily, and he smoked two packs of cigarettes a day. The leg ulcer had been present for three years.
- Received December 24, 1980.
- Accepted March 10, 1981.