Deep Vein Thrombosis Physiotherapy

Definition of Deep Vein Thrombosis

In this article we will discuss the Definition of Deep Vein Thrombosis

In this article, we will discuss the Definition of Deep Vein Thrombosis. So, let’s get started.


It is defined as a blood clot in the deep vein, usually in the legs. It can happen in one or more of the deep veins often in the legs or pelvis (lower limb) characterised by swelling, warmth, and erythema. It is frequently a precursor of a pulmonary embolism. This may occur with prolonged bed rest. The symptoms are feeling of heaviness, pain, warmth or swelling in the affected part, and sometimes chills and fever, which do not necessarily indicate its severity.

The symptoms are:

  • Homan’s sign is a sign of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). A positive sign is present when there is pain in the calf or popliteal region with examiner’s abrupt dorsiflexion of the patient’s foot at the ankle while the knee is flexed to 90°.
  • Increased temperature
  • Tender/swollen calf
  • Red/shiny skin
  • Homan’s test positive
  • Engorged veins/edema
  • Cord-like veins
  • Pain along the course of the vein

2 replies on “Definition of Deep Vein Thrombosis”

I was very nervous about this when I flew internationally but thankfully with common sense, decent walking shoes and some exercise was relaxed (and rather relieved to get off the plane!)

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