How Can Playing Sports be Related to Developing Venous Insufficiency!

The Super Bowl may have just passed, but it’s something very much on the minds of diehard football fans, whether they’re celebrating their team’s big victory or mourning the fact that their favorite team lost. It’s also a perfect opportunity to appreciate the skill involved in the playing game and the many physical risks players face when they step out onto the field. This includes venous insufficiency, which can be caused by trauma or injury, including the types of injuries football players frequently suffer.

In the last few years, there’s been greater awareness and understanding not only of the immediate dangers football players face, but also the long-term health risks. For example, while people already knew that football players might suffer major and immediate injuries such as broken bones or concussions, they didn’t realize the long-term impact of some of these injuries and how they can affect players even years after they no longer play.

Most of the attention has been focused on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, which develops after repeated mild brain injuries. However, because football players might also suffer repeated leg injuries, they’re also at risk for chronic venous insufficiency, which affects the valves that carry blood between the heart and the legs. If these valves don’t function properly, blood won’t flow as it should and could pool in the legs.

Venous insufficiency brings with it a whole host of potential problems and complications such as swelling, pain, craps, varicose veins and discoloration of leg’s skin.

Because this condition is a progressive condition, it’s an important aspect of sports medicine and one that anyone involved in sports should keep in mind. While vein problems are sometimes thought of as an age-related condition, they’re also caused by injury, which is why it’s essential that athletes such as football players take care of their legs and veins and monitor their leg health. This includes undergoing a thorough physical exam whenever they suffer a leg injury, in addition to receiving necessary follow-up care to ensure any leg injury heals properly and that their veins remain strong and healthy.

At Alpha Vein Clinic, we can diagnose all vein-related disorders and develop a treatment plan to help you feel better as quickly as possible. Make an appointment today!

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