Feeling discomfort in your legs isn’t uncommon. You might feel sore or crampy after a long flight or car ride, or you might get numb or tingly after holding a heavy object on your lap for a while. Dmitry Gorelik, MD, a board-certified cardiologist and vein specialist, can examine you if you experience prolonged, recurrent, or severe leg discomfort and direct you to an appropriate treatment at his private practice in West Orange, New Jersey. To set up an appointment, call the office of Dr. Dmitry Gorelik, or book online today.
Leg discomfort is a common issue among many people and can arise from numerous conditions and complications. While leg discomfort can be temporary and mild, prolonged or recurrent leg discomfort that’s hard to relieve can be cause for concern.
Dr. Gorelik can address your leg discomfort with a thorough examination. He asks about your medical history, any lifestyle factors that might worsen or contribute to the discomfort, and about the symptoms or characteristics of the discomfort. Leg discomfort can come in several different forms, including:
Other symptoms that appear alongside your leg discomfort, like fever, fatigue, swelling, or leg discoloration, can help point Dr. Gorelik in the right direction as he makes a diagnosis.
Leg discomfort is only a symptom and not a condition itself. Many different conditions and health complications can cause leg discomfort, so it’s important that you schedule an evaluation with an expert like Dr. Gorelik to make sure you get the right treatment.
A few possible causes of leg discomfort are:
As a cardiologist and vein specialist, Dr. Gorelik primarily specializes in diagnosing and treating blood vessel complications leading to leg discomfort, like varicose veins, DVT, or peripheral artery disease. He creates an individualized treatment plan for you according to the underlying cause of your leg discomfort.
Finding relief for leg discomfort may involve lifestyle changes, in-office treatments, medications, or some combination of all three. Dr. Gorelik might recommend getting more exercise, wearing compression stockings, or making dietary adjustments. He might also prescribe medications, like diuretics, to address edema (leg swelling).
In-office treatments and services that might relieve some of your leg discomfort include:
Sclerotherapy is a procedure to close and minimize spider veins and varicose veins, which often lead to leg discomfort.
Ambulatory phlebectomy is a minor procedure that happens in the office. Dr. Gorelik makes a small incision in your skin above the bothersome vein and removes it through the incision.
VenaSeal is a procedure by Medtronic that closes varicose veins using a non-sclerosant adhesive solution.
ClosureFast by Medtronic, or endovenous radiofrequency ablation, delivers radiofrequency energy directly into your problematic vein through a catheter. The energy causes the vein to constrict and eventually close and disappear.
Endovenous laser ablation uses the heat from a laser through a catheter to close troublesome varicose veins from the inside and reduce associated symptoms, like leg discomfort.
Dr. Gorelik recommends this last-resort option when other approaches, like home care or minor procedures, do not effectively achieve leg discomfort relief.
To schedule an appointment and address your leg discomfort, call Dr. Dmitry Gorelik today or book your visit online.