Can Vein Problems, Like Varicose Veins, Cause Knee Pain?
- Posted on: Oct 23 2017
In short, yes. Vein disease, including varicose veins, can bring on a variety of leg pain. Some of that leg pain can occur at the knee area. The only way to know for certain–and to check on your overall vein health, is by seeing our vein doctor. Our vascular surgeon specializes in vein health and offers many non-invasive and quick procedures to improve vein problems, from minor to severe.
Could Knee Pain Be Related to Exercise?
If you have fallen while playing tennis and hit your knee, never having knee pain before–chances are your pain is related to a knee injury from your fall. But if you have knee pain that has not been diagnosed by a doctor, and has no recent obvious cause (like a fall when playing sports) — your vein doctor can help. No matter what kind of pain you may have, it’s best to see a physician for diagnosis and early vein treatment, if needed. Since vein and circulation problems often show themselves first in the legs, seeing your vein doctor for knee pain makes perfect sense. At the same time, you will also receive an evaluation of your vascular system to pinpoint any vein disease and look at overall vascular health.
Proper Exercise Can Help Knee Pain
Once our vein doctor evaluates your vascular system and knee pain, exercise is often recommended to improve your health. That’s because many causes of knee pain benefit from exercise once the knee is healed or nearly healed. If knee pain is due to a vascular problem, our vein doctor will advise you when to begin exercise and what type of exercise you should do. The right kind of exercise strengthens leg muscles, and muscles help your veins send blood back to your heart.
This is especially important, as the veins must fight gravity to return blood to your heart and lungs, (where they absorb more nutrients and oxygen). Then the circulatory system sends the newly-absorbed oxygen, blood, and nutrients back through your body to maintain health. Even if arthritis, for example, is the source of your knee or leg pain, the right type exercise, can help. Exercise, in that case, may ease stiffness and strengthen muscles to better support the knee.
Can Varicose Veins Cause Knee Pain?
Varicose veins can cause leg pain and other related symptoms, like pins-and-needles, restless, uncomfortable legs and discolored bulging veins. Varicose veins and spider veins may not be the cause if your main symptom is knee stiffness. However, getting an evaluation of your circulatory system at your vein clinic is still important for your overall health and quality of life, even if arthritis turns out to be causing your current knee pain. If necessary, our vein doctor will treat any vein problems with advanced no-downtime procedures (typically) and then refer you to your primary physician for problems outside the vascular system.
See Our Vein Doctor for Knee Pain
If you are suffering from knee pain, make an appointment for an examination at one of our convenient vein clinic locations in New Jersey. The Vein & Vascular Institute is located in Lumberton, Sewell, Vineland, and Voorhees. Call us at 856-344-3111 today.
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