Most people experience leg pain from time to time. In most cases this pain is temporary, brought on by overexertion or injury, and thus is not a long-term health concern. If your leg pain has become chronic, however, and has begun to affect your ability to perform your normal activities or even walk comfortably, the cause of the pain becomes something you should see a doctor about. In some cases, chronic leg pain may be due to osteoarthritis or wear and tear that has taken place in your muscles, joints, or ligaments. But the next most common cause of chronic leg pain is more dangerous – vein disease.
What New Jersey residents need to know about chronic leg pain
The chances that your chronic leg pain is caused by venous disease increase if the pain is accompanied by swollen legs and ankles, by feelings of tiredness or weakness in the legs, by discolorations or changes in the texture of the skin on your legs, or by visible symptoms such as varicose veins or spider veins. If any of these symptoms accompany your leg pain, our advice as Bergen County vein specialists is that you should have a venous health screening as soon as possible, because vein disease is may be the cause of the pain.
Vein disease is more serious than most people think. It affects your entire circulatory system, and can lead to complications that cause disability and even death. Vein diseases such as chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) or deep vein thrombosis (DVT) also impair your immune system, and increase your risk of developing conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. DVT can even cause pulmonary embolisms or a stroke, conditions that kill over 300,000 Americans every year.
Leg pain can even affect how long you’re going to live
If your leg pain has become so severe and so constant that you no longer feel comfortable walking as fast as you used to, it is even more important for you to seek vein disease treatment in NJ. Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2001 established a strong link between how fast people are able to walk and how long they live. Working with over 34,500 subjects over the course of 14 years, the researchers found that those who walked more slowly than normal had significantly higher rates of mortality from all causes.
So how is a screening going to help reduce or eliminate my leg pain?
Venous health screenings take only about an hour, and are completely non-invasive and painless. We may start by asking questions about your medical history and that of your family, because vein disease is to some extent hereditary. Then we perform tests to determine the state of your venous health, using ultrasound to look below the surface of the skin to visualize blood flow and look for either the diseased venous valves that indicate CVI or the blood clots that indicate DVT. We may take blood pressure measurements in two locations simultaneously, to determine the ankle-brachial index, a measure of proper blood flow.
If your New Jersey vascular doctors find that vein disease is the likely cause of your leg pain, treatment to eliminate the disease and thus the cause of the pain is just as fast, and just as painless. The state-of-the-art techniques we use at Chuback Medical Group are minimally invasive, require only local anesthesia, and can be performed in the comfort of our Paramus, NJ offices.
Trying to “live with” chronic leg pain caused by vein disease isn’t worth it
Doing so can make you miserable, or if you have DVT, can actually shorten your life. And both the misery and the risk can be eliminated along with the vein disease with a simple phone call to the best vein doctor in New Jersey, Dr. John Chuback. Call him at 201-693-4847 to set up an appointment for a screening. We’ll take care of the rest, giving you the advice you need to prevent vein disease if you don’t have it, or the treatments you need to eliminate it if you do.