Calf Pain Can Mean DVT: Dr. Harvey Finkelstein
Dr. Harvey Finkelstein treats patients with chronic illnesses which cause pain. As an expert in pain control and management he can help people continue their lives experiencing less pain, improving the quality of their lives to a great degree.
There are some other types of pain which people experience which are not the result of chronic illness but rather a signal that something is going wrong with the intricate workings of the body. One such sudden pain can happen in the calf, the lower half of the leg. Although 2 million people each year in America suffer from deep vein thrombosis, it is a little known ailment which can become a very dangerous problem. DVT is a blood clot which can occur deep within the veins of the leg, causing pain. The clot can be life-threatening if a part of the clot breaks off and travels to the lungs, causing pulmonary embolism, which can be fatal.
There are several risk factors for DVT including, cancer, obesity, immobility due to prolonged bed rest or long-distance travel, pregnancy, and advanced age. One expert says that “Sometimes there’s just swelling without pain. If you have swelling and pain in your calf muscles, see a doctor immediately.”