Reducing The Risk Of DVT / Blood Clots
This information is not a substitute for advice from your doctor, nor does it contain all the relevant facts. Your doctor will consider your personal circumstances. Please talk with your doctor about any concerns.
Things to consider
Log in to download this page for offline use
What medication can assist
When developing the CBP, a vascular physician and vascular surgeon were consulted about minimising the risk of potentially fatal blood clots. The recommended safety precaution is a prescription for an anticoagulant (blood thinning) medication, which will reduce the risk of DVTs. Note: Children aged under 13 years have a very low risk of DVT, therefore blood-thinning medication is not required.
The CBP recommends Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) 10mg nightly, to commence on day 1 of bracing and extended to the end of week 8 (until walking without crutches). NOTE: This should be considered in consultation with your physician.
When taking blood thinning medication, you may bleed or bruise more easily. Be careful when handling sharp objects such as razors or knives. If cut, your bleeding may last longer than usual.
What can I do to prevent DVT & Blood clots
Working with your physician
Your doctor or physiotherapist will ask if you have ever experienced a DVT. You will also be asked about recent long-distance travel, relevant medical history for you and your family, and whether you are taking medication that may increase the risk of blood clots (eg oral contraceptive pill for females). If you are considered high risk of DVT, your doctor may recommend you have a doppler ultrasound to rule out any existing blood clots before starting the CBP.
DVT signs to watch out for
- throbbing pain in the injured leg, usually in the calf or thigh, especially when standing up.
- swelling in the leg.
- warm skin around the painful area, which may look red or darkened.
If any of these signs occur, contact your doctor or physiotherapist as soon as possible. If they are not available, go to your GP or to your nearest hospital emergency department.
1: Braithwaite I el al. Lower limb immobilisation and venous thromboembolism risk: combined case-control studies. Postgrad Med J. 2017