Venous insufficiency is caused by problems in one or more deep leg veins. Normally, valves in your veins keep your blood flowing back towards the heart so it does not collect in one place. Varicose veins have valves that are either missing or damaged. This causes the veins to remain filled with blood, especially when you are standing. There also might be a blockage in a vein from a clot known as deep vein thrombosis.
Venous insufficiency can be a long term condition
Chronic venous insufficiency is a long term condition. It occurs because of partial vein blockage or blood leakage around the valves of the veins.
Symptoms include dull aching, heaviness, cramping, itching and tingling. Pain that worsens with standing and gets better when the legs are raised along with swelling are common symptoms. Some people might also experience redness or color change around the ankles and legs. Varicose veins on the surface, ulcers on the legs and hardening or thickening of the skin are also known symptoms.
Risk factors for venous insufficiency include, family history of deep vein thrombosis, age, obesity, pregnancy, prolonged standing, being tall and is sometimes related to levels of the hormone progesterone.
Whether your pain is a minor discomfort or a major disability, our highly trained physical therapists can help reduce your pain, get you back to your life and avoid future problems. Below are common problems our spine rehabilitation program treats:
Complete decongestive therapy used in lymphedema treatment can be effective therapy
The same treatment used to treat lymphedema can be effective in addressing chronic venous insufficiency. Complete Congestive Therapy which involves the use of bandages, skin care, manual lymph drainage and therapeutic exercise to promote blood flow. After the swelling has been reduced, the patient is measured and fitted with compression stockings which will helps to decrease chronic swelling. Wound care is needed if there is an infection or any skin breakdown. Surgery or noninvasive treatments are sometimes recommended.