It’s tough to diagnose and treat a condition that’s symptom-free 50 percent of the time. But that’s DVT, the formation of a blood clot in a deep vein of the calf or thigh muscle. Find out more about how this dangerous condition is diagnosed and treated.

Causes & Triggers

  • Age (60+)
  • Excess weight
  • Sitting (especially for long periods of time)
  • Smoking

Signs & Symptoms

  • No symptoms in 50% of cases
  • Leg fatigue or difficulty moving
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Warm, red skin

Tips & Treatments

  • Seek immediate medical attention for any DVT symptom.
  • DVT is a very serious condition because the blood clot can break loose and travel to the lungs (called a pulmonary embolism).
  • Diagnosis may include painless, noninvasive ultrasound to detect blood clots.
  • Treatment may involve blood thinners, clot busters, compression stockings or surgery.


These lists are not inclusive of all conditions and procedures. In order to obtain a complete and accurate diagnosis, a physician should assess your individual situation. Following diagnosis, your physician will discuss appropriate treatment options with you – both surgical and non-surgical. Schedule an appointment with an Orthopedic ONE physician.