How to Relieve Pain from Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are large, swollen, and curvy blood vessels, which can be seen through the skin. They most often develop in the legs but can occur other places in the body as well. It’s true that not all individuals with varicose veins suffer from pain symptoms, but for those who do, it is an uncomfortable reality. The good news is there are new, effective ways to treat painful veins that range from non-invasive to more involved procedures.

Please review the following pain relief options related to varicose veins.


  • Support Stockings:

    This option takes a simple trip to a pharmacy or surgical supply store. Purchasing and wearing form-fitting support stockings can help apply pressure to the affected areas, relieving much of the discomfort and pain. You can choose from different lengths of stockings ranging from below the knee to full pantyhose.

  • Lifestyle Changes:

    Practicing proper skin hygiene can make a big difference in regards to the symptoms of varicose veins. It is also beneficial to maintain a healthy weight and stay active when possible. Daily light walks are enough to relieve some discomfort.

  • Elevate Your Legs:

    This simple practice is well known for improving vein health. Gravity tends to cause stagnant blood flow in veins, and in those with valve dysfunctions, pumping blood back to the heart can be difficult. Elevating the legs helps smooth out some of that stagnant blood flow.

Minimally Invasive Treatments

  • Ultrasound Vein Mapping:

    At Northern Illinois Vein Clinic, we use advanced hardware and software to find the veins that require attention. Once your vein needs have been mapped out, further decisions can be made regarding pain relief.

  • Endovenous Laser:

    This outpatient procedure implements local anesthesia and uses a small laser fiber that is inserted into the swollen veins. Through this laser, short pulses of light are delivered until the engorged vein collapses, ultimately relieving pressure and pain.

  • Sclerotherapy:

    This is also an outpatient treatment that utilizes a highly concentrated saline solution or special vein detergent, which is injected straight into the predetermined varicose veins. Over the course of about three to six weeks, the swollen vein will slowly disappear.

Outpatient Varicose Vein Treatments in Rockford, IL

Make an appointment at Northern Illinois/before-after-gallery/ Vein Clinic to treat your varicose veins, or contact us to discuss more options. Our friendly staff and vein doctor will be happy to answer your questions. We pride ourselves on providing the best treatments for varicose veins in the northern Illinois area, and the results speak for themselves! Read these success stories to learn more.