Missouri Vein Care Blog

Varicose Veins And A Healthy Self-Image

Posted by Dr. Michael Ryan on November 14, 2019 at 6:41 AM

Body confidence, or the lack thereof, permeates our society. Men and women of all ages struggle with poor self-perception against what society has set as an unattainable standard. It affects us physically, mentally and emotionally. When we believe we look good, we more easily feel good. Confidence and body image are intertwined. Not satisfied with ‘normal,’ we want ‘beautiful’ - or as close as we can get to the air-brushed models and digitized superheroes we adore on screen.

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Topics: varicose veins, vein treatment, spider veins

Tips For Managing Your Health Insurance

Posted by Dr. Michael Ryan on November 6, 2019 at 2:12 PM

The dreaded “I” word. Insurance. A relationship that you love to hate. A necessary part of healthcare. That being said, it begs the question...why does it have to be so complicated and frustrating? The answer: it is actually designed by insurance to be difficult. With his years of experience, Dr Ryan offers this checklist to help you know how to manage your own insurance.

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Topics: insurance

What Is Restless Leg Syndrome & Will Vein Treatment Help?

Posted by Dr. Michael Ryan on November 4, 2019 at 2:46 AM

According to the National Sleep Foundation, about 1 in 10 Americans suffer from Restless Leg Syndrome. Also known as Willis-Ekbom Disease, RLS is a medical condition without a clear cause known. It’s described as an uncomfortable and uncontrolled sensation in the legs that interrupts rest and sleep. Sufferers say the only way to make the sensation stop is to stand and walk around. Many people are frustrated with medicines to treat this condition since they often have unwanted sedative side effects.

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Topics: restless leg syndrome

Q & A with Dr. Ryan - Vein Care Questions Answered

Posted by Dr. Michael Ryan on October 31, 2019 at 11:35 AM

Once they realize that vein treatments can not only resolve their leg symptoms but also increase their energy and overall health, many people naturally have questions about the procedure. Feeling like it could be “too good to be true,” they want to make sure it’s the right decision for them. While a vein screening is a great way to get started, many still have questions. Here Dr. Ryan answers 5 of the most common questions he receives from patients.

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Topics: vein treatment

Is Vein Treatment Covered By Insurance?

Posted by Dr. Michael Ryan on October 29, 2019 at 11:20 AM

The good news is that Vein conditions ARE covered by most insurance plans. When the condition causes significant leg symptoms and impairs mobility, activity and regular daily activities, it is considered a significant circulation condition warranting treatment. In contrast, treatments of veins without symptoms are considered a cosmetic condition and are not covered. So that you can be prepared, here are details of how the process works.

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Topics: insurance, vein treatment

Modern Vein Treatment Options

Posted by Dr. Michael Ryan on October 26, 2019 at 8:54 AM

Concern over and various treatments for varicose veins and spider veins dates back to the ancient Egyptians. Lack of knowledge and limited treatment options back then provided little hope for relief...but not anymore! Today, vein treatments have evolved to where patients are virtually pain free, and the results are incredible.

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Topics: vein treatement

Are Leg Cramps Cramping Your Sleep?

Posted by Dr. Michael Ryan on October 16, 2019 at 11:28 AM

You’re lying in bed enjoying a peaceful night’s sleep…and from nowhere...PAIN! It’s an intense excruciating pain that starts shooting up from deep inside your foot and radiates up through your hamstring. You hobble out of bed, limping around your room in an effort to walk off the pain and stretch out the tightly clenched muscles. When the pain finally subsides, you still feel it lingering in your leg. Why do these nighttime leg cramps happen and, more importantly, what you can do to get some sorely needed relief?

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Topics: nighttime leg pain, leg cramps

The Pain Of Aging - 4 Myths

Posted by Dr. Michael Ryan on October 14, 2019 at 6:17 AM

Aging is a natural and normal part of life. It changes us physically as we start seeing grey hair and wrinkles appear. Unfortunately, it can also mean developing or worsening leg pain, swelling, varicose veins, spider veins and sleeplessness. It’s important to know what aspects of aging are standard parts of the plan, and what parts are truly avoidable. We’ve identified 4 myths of the aging process that many believe come with the territory.  We know they don’t have to.

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Topics: "leg pain", aging, varicose veins

When You Need To Exercise, But Leg Pain Won't Let You

Posted by Dr. Michael Ryan on October 10, 2019 at 9:31 AM

It can be frustrating when you can no longer exercise because of leg pain when you hear phrases such as “no pain, no gain” and “just do it” seemingly everywhere you go. The more difficult it becomes to exercise, the more you struggle with the inability to achieve weight loss and the often resulting anxiety and feelings of despair. Could a vein condition be causing the leg pain and other symptoms that make exercise difficult?

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Topics: "leg pain", vein condition, exercise

10 Patient Solutions For Nighttime Leg Cramps

Posted by Dr. Michael Ryan on October 8, 2019 at 3:22 PM

They attack without warning - often in the middle of the night while you’re sleeping. A sudden leg cramp in your thigh, calf or feet jerks you awake and soon has you hobbling around trying to find relief. It’s painful and the muscle is sore for a day or more afterward. Nighttime leg cramps are associated with vein conditions, and in their quest to find a solution, our patients have tried different methods at home to prevent them. Here are 10 home remedies shared by patients who say they’ve provided varying degrees of relief. While only stretching or walking makes the cramp stop quickly, these methods – when taken before bed – may help prevent nighttime cramps.

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Topics: leg cramps

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