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How long should I use intermittent compression?

How long you perform intermittent compression depends on what your healthcare provider says. On average, however, compression to an acute injury (not a fracture or dislocation) should be used for about 20 to 30 minutes, three to four times per day.

(This answer provided for NATA by the Washington State University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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