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Varicose Veins

Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine

Pain Medicine located in Ramsey, NJ

Varicose veins can be a painful and persistent cosmetic problem. Kevin McElroy, DO, and Steven Ferrer, MD, are hard-working health care providers who offer innovative treatment options for problem veins, such as radiofrequency ablation and sclerotherapy, at Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine. If you have questions or concerns about varicose veins, start by calling the Ramsey, New Jersey, office or book your consultation online today.

Varicose Veins Q & A

What causes varicose veins?

Varicose veins are enlarged, bumpy, twisted, and discolored veins that show up near the surface of your skin. Varicose veins usually occur due to weakened veins and valves in your feet and legs. Blood can flow in the wrong direction when valves and veins don’t function properly.

With varicose veins, you might experience itching or burning skin, ulcers, aching, cramps, swelling, and restless legs.

Chronic venous insufficiency is a condition that happens when your veins can no longer carry your old and used blood back up from your legs. This is often due to a failure in the tiny one-way valves.

What are the risk factors for varicose veins?

There are numerous factors that can increase your risk of developing varicose veins, such as:

  • Excess body weight
  • Family history and genetics
  • Multiple pregnancies
  • Prolonged standing
  • Inactivity
  • Heavy-lifting
  • Over-exertion
  • Being female
  • Aging

In rare cases, other conditions can lead to varicose veins, such as blood clots, abnormal blood vessels, and a tumor or swelling in the pelvis. If left untreated, varicose veins can cause complications, such as ulcers and spontaneous venous rupture.

What are the treatment options for varicose veins?

Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine offers a wide range of effective treatments for varicose veins.

Your doctor might recommend you manage stress, consume a nutrient-dense diet, wear a compression stocking, start a new exercise routine, and use physical therapy and other treatment modalities to improve your general health.

Most vein treatments and procedures are designed to seal a segment of the vein or close off your unwanted vein. To remove your varicose vein in-office, Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine offers solutions like radiofrequency ablation and sclerotherapy.

Radiofrequency ablation

Radiofrequency ablation is a convenient in-office procedure performed under local anesthesia. In most cases, it involves the use of ultrasound to position a tiny catheter into your varicose vein.

Your doctor carefully and safely delivers radiofrequency energy through the catheter to heat and seal your vein.


With sclerotherapy, your doctor utilizes a special foam to close your veins below your knee. Sclerotherapy usually involves small injections of saline or similar solutions into your veins.

Your doctor can typically perform sclerotherapy and radiofrequency ablation in-office in an hour or less.

Find the right treatment for your varicose veins, and call Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine or simply click to use the online scheduler.