Thrombophlebitis -- What to Look for and What to Do

One of the most dangerous venous issues that can affect a person is thrombophlebitis.  This is, put as simply as possible, a blood clot that forms in a damaged or inflamed section of a vein.  Sometimes these blood clots happen to form deep inside the body’s tissues (DVT, or deep vein thrombosis, as this is called can also be a life-threatening situation), but other times they collect themselves in an inflamed section of a vein nearer to the top of the skin.



Causes of these issues can be something as mundane as a genetic predisposition (many venous issues seem to have at least some roots in the medical heritage of the patients) to something as specific as an injury to the vein.  Lack of movement, long periods of sitting or lying down, and keeping legs bent for too long can also lead to these conditions over time.  It is telling in many ways that so many of the thrombosis conditions that arise seem to be affecting the legs of the individuals. 


The amount of time we spend sitting down and the way we sit when we work, ride in a car, even at dinner can cause serious problems with the circulation through our legs.  This is why doctors are always suggesting that people find time to move around a bit.  Stretch those legs out and take a walk during the day, up and down a plane aisle, or on the side of the road if you have to do so.  It can help prevent you from having a deadly situation arise. 


Other preventative methods are ones you hear a lot.  Eat better.  Exercise.  Stop smoking.  These are the base mottos of the health care world for a reason, however, and your diet, lifestyle, and chemical intake certainly affects your vascular health as much as it does anything else--veins constrict, blood clots and pools, and circulation gets poorer and poorer.  If you begin to believe you are showing symptoms of thrombosis, it is imperative that you seek medical attention. 


Superficial thrombophlebitis might present itself as a slight swelling, a painful redness, or even just a tenderness around the affected area.  Deep vein thrombosis can lead to swelling and some aching or shooting pain in that part of the body.  As these conditions can be potentially life-threatening, it is vitally important to contact a physician to have the situation checked out if you are concerned that you might be suffering from either.  Failure to look into the problem could lead to a pulmonary embolism, stroke, or death. 


At the Vein & Vascular Center in Jackson, TN, we specialize in providing the most up-to-date, professional vascular care.  The incredible staff brings decades of medical service experience to bear, and we value our patients above all else.  Please feel free to visit our office, which is located at 395 Hospital Blvd, Jackson, TN.  Call us at 731-664-7395, or find us on the web at where you can learn more about our team and services.