On the Premier Vein Clinics blog we discuss common symptoms, causes, and issues associated with vein diseases (especially varicose and spider veins), and treatment options offered at our Knoxville, TN, office to help those suffering from these diseases overcome them and get their legs – and their life back.
Popular Vein Topics
To wrap up 2017, we’re reviewing three of our most popular topics this year.
Can occupation affect vein disease?
Although there are many life factors associated with varicose veins, certain jobs can increase your risk of developing them.
Occupations that require you to be on your feet constantly, such as medical and service professionals, are often at a higher risk of developing varicose veins. Prolonged standing can contribute to vein enlargement, which causes the veins and valves to work against gravity. When this happens, it makes it harder for blood to return to the heart and may cause the blood to pool if your veins are un healthy.
In contrast, varicose veins also commonly develop in those whose occupation causes them to spend too much time sitting down. People with desk jobs are at a higher risk of developing varicose veins because prolonged sitting, bad posture, and even crossing of the legs, can contribute to improper blood circulation in the legs.
Those who work in industries that require prolonged standing or sitting can take steps to help reduce their risk of developing painful, enlarged varicose veins. Take short breaks, move around to keep the blood flowing in your legs, maintain a healthy weight, and try to observe proper posture when sitting.
Are genetics to blame when it comes to varicose veins?
If your mother and your grandmother have varicose veins, does that mean you will? Well, there’s no way to say for sure, but studies suggest that heredity may play a role in up to 80 percent of varicose vein cases.
While you can’t change your family history of varicose veins, if you are conscious about prevention, you may be able to help keep the condition from progressing further. Maintaining a healthy weight, staying active, and wearing compression garments are just a few recommendations.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is an in-office, minimally invasive procedure typically used to the treatment of spider veins. During sclerotherapy, a solution is injected into the vein wall. This causes the treated vein to then collapse, develop scar tissue, and eventually be absorbed into the body.
Premier Vein Clinics in Knoxville has a dedicated sclerotherapy nurse, Angie Jacobs, who not only performs the procedure, but educates patients on what to expect before, during and after sclerotherapy. It is important for patients to be educated about the procedure so they are comfortable with the process from start to finish.
Before having sclerotherapy, a patient will need to be seen for a vein screening to determine it is a good treatment option for them. It is also important for patients to understand that while effective, sclerotherapy is not an overnight fix. As with any vein procedure, diligent care and follow-up treatment is necessary for best results!
Ready to Treat Your Veins?
If you’re suffering from painful varicose veins or pesky spider veins and the symptoms that come along with them, contact Premier Vein Clinics in Knoxville today at 865-588-8229, or request your free consultation online.