Even though IVC does not require patients to have tried conservative measures before receiving treatment, many insurance providers do. What are conservative measures? Conservative measures include the use of prescription strength compression stockings, the use of analgesics and NSAIDS, leg elevation, weight loss and exercise.
We all know that prescription strength compression stockings are never fun to wear, especially in the hot summer. However, they do help alleviate some of the symptoms caused by varicose veins. Prescription strength compression stockings are specially fitted to help reduce the pooling that occurs in diseased veins. The gradient pressure design of the stocking is highest at the ankle and lessens as the stocking moves up the leg. The compression stockings are to be worn all day and come in many styles and colors. Prescription strength compression stockings can range from $65 – $125, depending on the style.
Many people already use analgesics for the discomfort they experience from their varicose veins. Analgesics include Aspirin, Acetaminophen (Tylenol), NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen) and Narcotics. Even though this may be an insurance requirement, IVC does not recommend the long-term use of analgesics to control varicose vein symptoms.
Myth: Exercise will make varicose veins worse. Exercise actually improves the blood circulation through your legs. Any activity involving your legs are good to relieve varicose veins and helps reduce the aching associated with them. Such exercises include swimming, walking, bicycling, jogging, and aerobics. We recommend for our patients to be as active as possible, even after receiving treatment.
Even though going down the conservative measures road is time consuming and somewhat tedious, we will do everything we possibly can to help keep the inconveniences to a minimum.