What is vascular pain?
Vascular pain is seen in arterial disease and is described as a disorder of the body's arteries in which too little blood reaches the legs and feet. This can result in pain.
Arterial disease is usually caused by arteriosclerosis. It is mainly seen in patients above the age of 55. The causes of arteriosclerosis are mainly high blood pressure and diabetes.
Signs and symptoms
Patients usually complain of pain in the legs that is brought on by walking but which disappears when standing still (intermittent claudication). If the symptoms are severe, the feet may become discoloured and sores may form on the feet that are slow to heal.
How is vascular pain diagnosed?
The diagnosis is made according to the patient's pattern of symptoms and after examination of the feet for discoloration and sores. In addition, the legs are examined to see if the arteries are easily felt.
Do I need additional examinations?
- Diagnostic examination for other non-physical factors important for your pain, have already been done by yourself trough filling out your pain questionnaires.
- A vascular surgeon will carry out examination of the arteries.
What are my treatment possibilities?
Depending on the cause of your pain, your pain specialist will decide whether or not to embark on physical treatment. Based on the results of the completed pain questionnaire, additional examinations can be carried out and, apart from physical treatment, other methods of treatment will be suggested.
If the results of your pain questionnaire are abnormal, your pain specialist will offer you one of the non-physical treatments listed below:
- Psychological Treatment
- Depression Treatment
- Cognitive-Behavioural Treatment
- Rehabilitation Treatment
Interventional Pain Treatments