Answer: Blood clots in the legs or Deep Venous Thombosis (DVT) is a common complication in anyone with decreased mobility especially those wheelchair bound. Remember, blood is pumped by your heart into arteries that supply oxygenated blood to your limbs and organs but there is no pump except your muscles to return the blood to your heart through your veins. It is the contraction of your muscles that pumps the blood back to your heart much like squeezing toothpaste out the tube. If your muscles do not move the blood sits longer in your veins and can clot. Often the first symptom is swelling of one leg below the level of the clot or pain. One of the reasons graduated pressure stockings are used is to prevent swelling of the legs and the formation of these blood clots. (Click 'read more' below...)
If you have any specific questions on this issue, I would address them to your primary care physician. They are usually very knowledgeable in the management of DVTs.
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