Almost one in three adults has Unsightly Veins (varicose veins). Varicose veins can be awkward to treat or manage, and even cause other health complications if you do not visit a medical professional. Whether you are a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, you don’t want sports injury or varicose veins to keep you away from the game you love.

Kevin McElroy, DO, and Steven Ferrer, MD, and the team of sports medicine specialists provide radiofrequency ablation, an effective and quick treatment of varicose veins in Glen Rock to remove the unsightly veins without downtime or surgery. To learn more, call or schedule an appointment online today.

What Are Varicose Veins?

They refer to enlarged, twisted, bumpy, and discolored veins that tend to be noticeably enlarged because of backed-up blood and weakened blood vessel walls. If the valve is not working correctly, the blood can flow back through the vein and pool in a particular area, causing the vein to enlarge.

The swelling may appear blue or purple, and are caused by snarling of veins or blood collecting at different areas on the legs where blood circulation is affected. Other varicose veins symptoms include throbbing or sharp pain, muscle cramping, itching, fatigue and heaviness in the affected limbs, muscle cramping, itching, or leg ulcers. 

What Are the Risk Factors for Varicose Veins?

Various factors can escalate your risk of developing varicose veins. These include inactivity, prolonged standing, excess body weight, genetics and family history, heavy lifting, aging, over-exertion, multiple pregnancies, and being female.

Other rare conditions that can lead to varicose veins include abnormal blood vessels, blood clots, and pelvic swelling. If not treated, varicose veins can cause complications such as spontaneous venous rupture and ulcers.

What Are the Available Varicose Veins Treatments?

There are various effective treatments for varicose veins depending on your needs.  Varicose veins treatment is needed to reduce and address complications, discomfort, and pain. When you go to a doctor, he will develop an individualized treatment plan based on your varicose veins’ severity.

If your veins have mild symptoms, the specialist might recommend wearing compression stockings, support hoses, and elevating your legs to promote healthy circulation. Avoiding to stand or sit for long periods and losing excess weight can also be beneficial.

Radiofrequency Ablation

This is a convenient in-office procedure done under local anesthesia. The procedure uses ultrasound to place a tiny catheter into your varicose vein.  Your provider safely and carefully delivers radiofrequency energy through the catheter to heat and seal your veins.


This is also a minimally invasive treatment in which the doctor gives a small injection of saline or similar solution into the damaged vein to collapse it. Blood diverts to the route of healthy veins to enhance your circulation. Your doctor can perform radiofrequency ablation and sclerotherapy in an hour or less.

To sum up, do not let varicose veins keep you away from the game you love. For comprehensive varicose veins care and treatment in and around Glen Rock, New Jersey, call or schedule an appointment online with Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine today.

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