Leg pain, cramping, swelling, numbness and skin discoloration are common symptoms of peripheral arterial disease (PAD). About 33 percent of the estimated 9 million adults with PAD experience these physical signs or symptoms of such intensity or frequency that they should seek medical help if they have not already done so.
Understanding and managing PAD is a process that requires specially trained medical practitioners who often use special testing equipment to help determine the cause of the symptoms.
Specialized equipment is sometimes called for when diagnosing PAD. A new development in diagnostic technology that is well-suited to family practice offices is PADnet, which measures functional status of the limbs by recording segmental blood pressure and segmental blood volume. These measurements give practitioners a clear, measurable sign of what is going on with the patient’s lower extremity arterial system. This system is available at the FirstHealth Family Care Center – Ellerbe.
FirstHealth Family Care Center-Ellerbe is located at 112 E. Ballard St. For more information or to schedule a PAD test, call (910) 652-2663.