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What Causes Varicose Veins and How Dangerous Are They to the Body?

Varicose Veins are veins that have valve issues, and thus cause an abnormal dilation. Varicose Veins can be predetermined by heredity, but they can also occur in people that sit with their legs crossed too often, stand in one place habitually, or do not exercise enough. This article discusses the condition in more detail.

Varicose veins are abnormally dilated, tortuous superficial veins.  Primary varicose veins occurs due to incompetence of the valves in superficial veins and communicating veins (veins that connect the deep and superficial venous system).  Varicose veins occurs most often in the long saphenous vein (inside of leg) and its tributaries.  Patients that are overweight, pregnant, sit or stand in one position for prolonged periods of time, people who habitually sit with their legs crossed, and those who lack proper regular exercise are more often affected with varicose veins.  There does appear to be a genetic predisposition with varicose veins.


Most cases of varicose veins do not pose a serious problem and can be managed with simple home measures.  In some cases, however, if varicose veins are not treated properly, complications such as bleeding under the skin, deep blood clots, an eczema-like condition near the varicose vein, or ulcerated spots near the ankles may occur.


Your chiropractor will perform a thorough history and examination including orthopaedic and neurological testing.  Then your chiropractor will develop a specific plan of management tailored to your case.

 

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