Deep vein thrombosis (blood clots)

Deep vein throbmosis (abbreviated as DVT) is the formation of a blood clot within a deep vein, this commonly affects the deep veins of the leg (in the calf or thigh).

What are the early signs and symptoms of a DVT?

A DVT may occasionally occur without symptoms, but usually the affected limb will be:

  • painful
  • red
  • swollen
  • and warm

The most serious complication of a DVT is that it can dislodge from the vein and travel up into the lungs where it can affect breathing – this is called a pulmonary embolism (PE).

What causes a DVT?

  1. Decreased flow rate of the blood
  2. Damage to the blood vessel wall (see image below)
  3. Increased tendency of the blood to clot

deep vein thrombosis

A number of factors bring about these conditions to increase the risk of a DVT:

  • Immobilisation (such as lying in bed following surgery or sitting down for long plane or car trips)
  • Following surgery
  • Major trauma
  • Increasing age
  • Presence of cancerous tumour
  • Heart failure
  • Previous DVT
  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes (as it damages the blood vessels)
  • Obesity – as it puts more weight on the veins, causing them to weaken
  • Childbirth – the physical strain of childbirth puts pressure on the deep veins, causing them to weaken
  • Tobacco smoking – damages the blood vessels and doubles the risk of clot formation

What to do if you think you have a Deep Vein Thrombosis:

You should consult  your doctor or emergency centre as soon as possible for treatment.

Preventitive measures against having a DVT:

  • Keep moving, if you do need to sit for long periods (eg in the car/ plane) pump your ankles up and down, do static muscle squeezes of your thighs and buttocks

Foot and ankle exercises

  • Wear a correctly fitted compression stocking on the legs for long haul flights, especially if you have a number of risk factors for DVT

Compression stockings

  • If you have risk factors for DVT see your doctor for early advice
  • Follow your doctors post-surgical advice if you have been prescribed exercises, medication or compression garments

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We want to reassure all our patients that we are following stringent infection control procedures in our clinic, and screen all people coming into the clinic, to exclude any patients that have any signs or symptoms consistent with Covid-19, as well as screening any patients that should be in isolation ie recently returned from overseas, or have been advised to isolate due to recent exposure with a known Covid-19 patient.

All our staff have now completed the Department of Health Covid-19 Infection Control Training.

What are we doing to minimise risk?

  • Screening patients for risk factors over the phone or through text messages before they attend appointments. Those with risk factors or symptoms are advised not to attend & to seek medical advice.
  • Hand sanitiser station at the front of the building must be used before you enter.
  • Following stringent infection control measures within the clinic. This includes
    • Disinfecting all beds, door handles, EFTPOS machine before and after each patient use.
    • Linen changed between each patient and commonly touched surfaces through the practice are cleaned regularly throughout the day.
    • Minimising the distances between clients in the waiting room- some chairs are outside undercover.
  • We have advised our team members not to come to work if they have cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • We are following all Department of Health recommendations for our type of business.

On the 30th March 2020 – the Australian government issued a statement that “People aged over 70, aged over 60 with pre-existing conditions, or Indigenous people aged over 50 should stay home wherever possible for their own protection.”

The decision to come in for physiotherapy treatment really is an individual one – if you feel that your treatment is medically necessary, and are comfortable with the risks of leaving your home and coming to physiotherapy, then rest assured that when you attend our physiotherapy clinic, we are following our strict infection control processes and doing everything we can to minimise your risk whilst in our care. However, we completely understand if you are not comfortable with coming in for treatment.

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