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5 Reasons to Wear Compression Clothing for Psoriatic Arthritis

If you have psoriatic arthritis (PsA), you may be experiencing a range of inflammation-related joint issues that lead to stiffness, swelling, soreness, pain, and other complications. Compression sleeves, gloves, and socks may help you manage these symptoms and make everyday activities easier so you can get past the discomfort and get on with your life.

The research-based evidence when it comes to using compression garments for alleviating arthritis symptoms is mixed. But the mild pressure that compression clothing applies to joints can help with inflammation and swelling, notes Creaky Joints. They may aid in mobility, improved circulation, offer some comfort, and help with pain reduction.

Most compression garments are made with an elastic, knitted fabric and are available in a range of colors, sizes, and pressure levels, which are measured in millimeters of mercury, or mmHg

Light compression (8 to 15 mmHg) can work for nonspecific indications, such as tired legs. Mild compression (15 to 20 mmHg) is best for minor swelling, while moderate pressure (20 to 30 mmHg) is usually used for moderate swelling and venous conditions. High pressure (30 to 40 mmHg and above) may be used for severe varicose veins, swelling, lymphedema, and other medical conditions. Medical-grade compression wear provides the highest pressure (40mmHg and above) and requires a prescription, according to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

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