When using a compression bandage, you need to apply the right amount of pressure to prevent swelling and help stabilize the injury. This can be tricky since body parts and the blood vessels that supply them differ in size and shape. Wrapping a thigh is one thing; wrapping a complex joint like an ankle or wrist is another.

There are two types of compression wrap - inelastic or short-stretch compression Bandage and long-stretch elastic bandages. As the name suggests, the significant difference between the two is the amount of stretch. Short stretch bandages provide high pressure and are more effective in reducing the swelling around the area of the injury. Long-stretch elastic bandages are used to treat strains and sprains and to support and provide relief to tendons, muscles, and ligaments.