Proud of utilizing the latest technology in an innovative medical facility, we perform the safest, minimally invasive procedures on our patients. Our focus is to provide a high standard of care and treatment of vein disease and pain management for our patients utilizing the latest technology.
Veins are thin-walled structures inside of which a set of valves keeps blood in the body flowing in one direction. The heart pumps oxygen-rich blood to the body’s tissues through thicker-walled arteries; the veins return that blood to the heart. Veins located close to the surface of the skin are called superficial veins and the veins found in the muscles of the arms and legs are called deep veins.
Damaged vein walls hinder the circulatory system, allowing blood to collect and flow in a retrograde (backward) fashion when the muscles relax. This creates an unusually high-pressure buildup in the veins. This buildup causes further stretching and twisting of the veins, increased swelling, more valve incompetence, sluggish blood flow and potential blood clot formation. Eventually, this condition can lead to various disorders known as venous disease.
Early symptoms may seem minor. However, they can become more serious – and even life-threatening – if they are not treated. Which is why it is important to be aware of symptoms and seek medical advice at the earliest sign of a problem.
Varicose Veins. Varicose veins are twisted, swollen veins near the surface of the skin and occur when weak or defective valves allow blood to flow backward or stagnate within the vein. Chronic obstruction of the veins can also cause varicose veins, but in most cases no underlying abnormality can be identified. Varicose veins are quite common, though women are affected twice as often as men. Usually appearing in the legs, varicose veins may also occur in the anus, where they are known as hemorrhoids. While not a serious health risk, varicose veins can be eliminated for cosmetic reasons or if they cause discomfort.
Deep Vein Thrombosis. A thrombosis is a blood clot. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) refers to a blood clot in the leg that does not travel to other parts of the body. Most DVTs occur in the veins in the calf, but they also can occur in the thigh and in the hip area. These blood clots usually begin in areas where the ability of the blood to clot is out of balance or where blood flow is stopped or decreased, for example when there is an injury to the blood vessel wall. Each year, up to 800,000 Americans suffer from DVT.
Pulmonary Embolism. Pulmonary embolism is a blockage in an artery in the lungs. It occurs when a blood clot – usually from the legs (deep vein thrombosis) – breaks off, is carried through the bloodstream and lodges in the arteries in the lungs. This blocks the flow of blood through the heart, which may lead to death.
When to Call Your Doctor
Call your doctor if you have a painful, swollen vein that does not disappear in a few days, or if you have unexplained swelling in an arm or leg.
Patients who are experiencing chronic pain, life can seem like a progression of bad days and worse days. The struggle to accomplish even basic life tasks can sometimes be daunting. Treatments readily available often come with equally-limiting side effects and consequences. For pain management, we believe in the importance of avoiding habit-forming drugs when possible. At Spring of Youth Medical Group, we are always looking for new and innovative treatments that are not non-invasive that can help our patients.
Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment (EPAT®)
Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment (EPAT®) is a new technology proven to enhance the repair and healing of soft tissue injuries and provide relief for painful muscle and joint conditions.
Swiss-German technology delivers low-frequency shock waves to the tissues, which penetrate deep, emitting their energy. This advanced, non-invasive procedure, which increases the micro-circulation, activating dormant stem cells, and releases growth factors and cytokines, increasing healing rates and reversing degenerative processes.
With zero downtime, patients can immediately resume their everyday activities immediately. Additionally, due to the resounding success of providing immediate pain relief by targeting trigger points, most patients return to their everyday activities with a new sense of wellness and confidence.
PHN – Postherpetic Neuralgia
Postherpetic Neuralgia, or PHN, is the most common complication of the shingles virus. PHN is a chronic pain response to the virus lasting more than three months. PHN carries with it a debilitating level of pain, impaired mobility, and physical function. While there are vaccines that reduce the risk of complication and in some cases, lessen symptom severity until now there has been no safe or reliably effective treatment option for shingles pain and PHN. However, recent research and clinical trials have identified an exciting new treatment option that shows great promise in the management of PHN symptoms.
Contact for Appointment
Spring of Youth Medical Group
1155 Ocean Springs Rd.
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: Closed