Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms within the deep veins, it most commonly occurs in the veins of the pelvis, calf, or thigh and can have serious consequences. If a blood clot travels through the bloodstream it can block blood flow to the lungs which can result in pulmonary embolism which can cause damage to the lungs, veins, and other organs, it can also reduce oxygen levels and can be fatal in some cases.
Our arteries are blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart to other parts of the body. Veins return oxygen-depleted blood back to the heart.
DVT can happen to anyone but certain disorders or conditions can increase the risk of a blood clot:
Signs and symptoms can be seen in the ankle, calf or thigh:
If diagnosed early, your doctor may recommend physical therapy along with other modalities. The primary goal of physiotherapy is to improve blood circulation, relieve pain, inflammation, and restore movement by avoiding surgery and use pain medications.
There are a variety of treatment options and techniques that can help with DVT.