Physiotherapy for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

12 Dec, 2022

In recent years, Physiotherapy has become a viable treatment option for those who suffer from Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Physiotherapists are now trained to diagnose, treat and manage DVT, as well as provide advice on lifestyle changes to help prevent DVT from occurring. In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at why DVT occurs and how Physiotherapy can be used to treat and manage the condition.

What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a serious medical condition that occurs when a blood clot (thrombus) forms in one or more of the deep veins in the body, usually in the legs. The clot can cause pain or swelling of the affected area, and sometimes there may be no noticeable symptoms.

Certain pre-existing medical conditions that affect your blood clotting can put you at risk of developing DVT. You may also be at risk if you do not actively move around for extended periods of time. It is especially critical to remain vigilant during long-distance travelling or when you’re on bed rest due to surgery, an illness, or an accident.

If left untreated, DVT can be dangerous as blood clots can break away and travel through the bloodstream to the lungs, blocking blood flow and causing a pulmonary embolism. It’s important to seek medical attention if you suspect you are suffering from a DVT.

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How Physiotherapy can help  

Physiotherapists play a vital role in the prevention and management of lower limb DVT in adults. Utilising the clinical practice guidelines, a Physiotherapist will facilitate decision-making to ensure the best possible outcome. A Physiotherapist can provide a range of preventative and management strategies including: 

  • Encouraging patient mobility and physical activity at the individual and institutional levels. A simple leg exercise or changing seating positions can help. 
  • Recommending and using mechanical compression for individuals at moderate or high risk for DVT. 
  • Discussing the use of medication for individuals at moderate or high risk for DVT. 
  • Providing education on DVT prevention, including leg exercises, walking routines and hydration. 
  • Providing education on the risk factors, signs and symptoms, and consequences of DVT.

These strategies are designed to reduce the risk of DVT and help manage the condition and reduce the associated risks for those who have already been diagnosed. Additionally, it is important to remember that the best way to prevent DVT is to maintain a healthy lifestyle – including regular physical activity, eating a balanced diet, and managing any existing medical conditions. 

Contact us today 

If you or someone you know is at risk or already diagnosed with Deep Vein Thrombosis, seeing a Physiotherapist could assist you in managing this condition. Our expert team of Physiotherapists are trained to help individuals understand the risks associated with DVT and to provide the best possible care, both preventative and management. Give our friendly team a call on 1300 122 884 to book an appointment today. 

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