DVT Physical Exam

Here’s a compilation of DVT physical exams you can conduct on your patient to assess if they have deep vein thrombosis. Click here for a guide and a copy of our free template.

By Patricia Buenaventura on May 15, 2024.

Fact Checked by RJ Gumban.

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What is a DVT Physical Exam?

are done by practitioners to assess if the patient’s exhibited symptoms are caused by deep vein thrombosis. These physical exams and other assessments, such as the D-dimer test, ultrasound scan, and venogram, are needed before diagnosing deep vein thrombosis.

It’s important to note that only one of these tests, the Homan’s sign test, is explicitly used to determine if a patient has DVT, while the others are used to check if the patient has the symptoms of deep vein thrombosis.

Deep Vein Thrombosis Symptoms

Deep vein thrombosis is when a blood clot forms in one or more of the deep veins in the body. This is commonly in the legs. It is important to identify DVTs to prevent pulmonary embolisms, which can be life threatening. Symptoms include the following:

  • Oedema
  • Pain
  • Peripheral venous distinction
  • Erythema and warmth
  • Unilateral leg or arm swelling
  • Shortness of breath

Here’s a list of the DVT physical exams we’re referring to in this guide:

  • Homan’s Sign test
  • Trendelenberg Test
  • Lowenberg Sign/Test
  • Schwartz’s Test
  • Perthes’ Test

If you’re a practitioner in charge of diagnosing DVT and think you’d benefit from having a template that compiles all of these tests and can serve as a guide, reference, and document to write down your patient’s results, we’ve got some good news for you. We’ve created a template just for you.

In our template, you can expect to find the following:

  • Essential information like the examination date, patient’s name, and your name
  • A list of physical symptoms you can check
  • A list of all of the DVT physical exams mentioned above
  • A dedicated space for your patient’s results and additional notes or findings

Check out this video to learn more about DVT Physical Exams:

Printable DVT Physical Exam

Download this DVT Physical Exam to assess if your patients have deep vein thrombosis.

How Does it Work?

Step One. Download the Template

Access and download our Printable DVT Physical Exam template by doing either of the following:

  • Clicking the “Use this Template” or “Download Template” button above
  • Searching for the “DVT Physical Exams” in Carepatron’s template library on our website or app

And just in case you need Trendelenburg Test, you can click here or search for the “Trendelenburg Test” in the template library. 

Step Two. Conduct the Tests

Before conducting the tests, complete the required basic information: examination date, patient’s name, and your name. Afterward, you can proceed with testing. 

We will leave it up to you and your expertise to decide which test to conduct and the testing order. 

Step Three. Interpret and Record the Results

After you finish every test, you are encouraged to interpret the results - whether their reaction signifies a positive or negative test - and record it on the template. Feel free to include additional symptoms they present that are indicative of DVT and write down additional notes per physical exam. 

Step Four. Proceed with Further Testing

As mentioned in the first section, practitioners diagnose DVT with physical exams alone. Hence, if the patient has the symptoms or tests positive in at least one of the physical tests, it’s best to have them undergo further testing.

DVT Physical Exam Example (sample) 

Here’s an example of a filled-out template of a DVT Physical Exam in PDF form. Hopefully, this will give you an idea of how this assessment looks when completed.

 

For an offline copy you can use as a reference in the future, click the sample below or the “Download Example PDF” button above. 

Download this DVT Physical Exam Example (Sample) here:

DVT Physical Exam Example (sample)

When Would You Use this Template?

Practitioners can use the DVT Physical Exam Template when the patient exhibits symptoms of DVT, or they have the risk factors of developing it. 

For a list of the symptoms and risk factors, look below. 

Symptoms:

  • An ache, pain, swelling, or tenderness in the affected leg’s calf or thigh, more specifically, the affected area
  • Warm and red-colored skin around the area
  • Red skin on the back of the patient’s leg, most of the time below the knee
  • Stiff or sore swollen veins

Risk Factors:

  • Those who are over 40 years of age, pregnant, or overweight/obese
  • Those who are pregnant
  • Those who have a history of DVT, blood clots, pulmonary embolism
  • Those taking medications or have conditions that’ll make their blood clot easily, like blood vessel damage, cancer, thrombophilia, heart and lung disease, etc. 
  • Those who have been inactive for an extended period of time

Benefits

Easy to Understand

Since our Free DVT Physical Exams template is simple and straightforward, it’s easy to understand and even easier to fill out when you need to record results after conducting the tests. 

Comprehensive 

Even though there’s no standardized template, we’ve decided to make ours as comprehensive as possible by including a space where you can record the symptoms and physical tests that may help practitioners diagnose DVT or better see the symptoms. 

Written Results for Future Reference

The benefit of having a template that compiles several DVT physical exams and lists the disease’s symptoms is that you don’t have to worry about forgetting the results or constantly being asked by practitioners caring for the same patient. 

Accessible

With our digital template, you and your fellow practitioners can easily find and download it across devices. Furthermore, if you save the document on Carepatron, you can limit viewing access to relevant parties only. 

Why use Carepatron as your DVT Physical Exam app?

Aside from being an app where you can access and download the DVT Physical Exam template, Carepatron is a leading practice management software that doubles as an EHR and EMR. In fact, on Carepatron’s software, you can do more than edit your DVT Physical Exam. On it, you can:

  • Download, edit, and create printable PDF templates for medical documents like forms, surveys, tests, and assessments.
  • Store your client’s medical records and digital notes on our HIPAA-compliant and secure EHR system
  • Integrate your calendar for easy scheduling and video conferencing solutions for telehealth consultations
  • Set up and automate a payment system for your client

All of these and more are available to help you streamline processes and automate tasks that’ll give you a chance to direct most of your time, effort, and focus toward patient care.

So, grab the opportunity today by downloading Carepatron on your desktop or iOs/Android mobile devices for free and sign up on Carepatron today!

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References

Ambesh, P., Obiagwu, C., & Shetty, V. (2017). Homan's sign for deep vein thrombosis: A grain of salt?. Indian heart journal, 69(3), 418–419. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ihj.2017.01.013

Ruud Oudega and others, Limited value of patient history and physical examination in diagnosing deep vein thrombosis in primary care, Family Practice, Volume 22, Issue 1, February 2005, Pages 86–91, https://doi.org/10.1093/fampra/cmh718

Who uses DVT Physical Exams?
Who uses DVT Physical Exams?

Commonly asked questions

Who uses DVT Physical Exams?

Several practitioners, like primary care providers, hematologists, and vascular medical specialists, can use DVT physical exams.

When do you use DVT Physical Exams?

You use these exams when your patient is experiencing DVT symptoms in their legs or is at risk of developing the disease. For a comprehensive list of both, please refer to the “When Would You Use this Template?” section above.

How do you store DVT Physical exams?

You store the DVT physical exams by printing them out and placing them in a secure drawer alongside the patient’s other medical records. Alternatively, you can store them online on a HIPAA-compliant, secure EHR platform like Carepatron.

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