Restless Leg Syndrome

What is restless leg syndrome?

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a disorder that causes an irresistible urge to move the legs. It is believed to be associated with several factors including peripheral neuropathy, Parkinson’s disease, hereditary factors, iron deficiency and other neurological disorders.

Some studies have shown that 1 out of 5 patient with RLS also have venous insufficiency.  Several of the symptoms associated with RLS are also related to venous insufficiency including burning, tingling sensations and the uncontrollable urge to move the legs at night. In those patients that had both RLS and venous insufficiency studies have shown as much as a 98% reduction in symptoms after treatment of the venous insufficiency and 80% of those had lasting long term relief of RLS symptoms.

What are the symptoms?

Patients often experience an uncomfortable sensation in their legs and an urge to move their legs to relieve that sensation. The sensations are usually worse while sitting or lying down, especially at night.

Symptoms can come and go, and often vary in severity.

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How are they treated?

Quick, effective outpatient visits treat the root cause, not just the symptoms.

Diagnosis

We treat vein issues using a stepwise approach. We start by identifying the problem with an ultrasound study of the legs. Once the bad veins are identified, we discuss the various treatment options and tell you which ones we think are the best for you.

Treatment

Treatment of varicose veins or chronic venous insufficiency may relieve the symptoms of RLS. Drugs may also be prescribed in order to reduce symptoms and improve sleep.

The Vein Center of Arizona offers patients a wide variety of treatment options:

Comprehensive Treatment Plan

Developing a comprehensive treatment plan follows a thorough assessment. The assessment will normally consist of a review of your venous symptoms, a visual inspection of your problems and a thorough review of your history. The assessment completed by Dr. Paul Larson, supplemented by the diagnostic ultrasound if indicated by a registered vascular technologist will aid in the process.
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Conservative Management

Before seeking out a surgical or non-surgical treatment for varicose veins and other uncomfortable vein disorders, doctors may recommend conservative management techniques for patients. Conservative treatments may be required by an insurance company before other treatments can be considered.
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Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)

Radiofrequency ablation (or RFA) is a procedure used to reduce pain. An electrical current produced by a radio wave is used to heat up a small area of nerve tissue, thereby decreasing pain signals from that specific area.
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Endovenous Laser Treatment

Endovenous Laser Treatment for the elimination of unhealthy varicose veins is the gold-standard for minimally invasive treatment of varicose veins. EVLT uses laser energy, which is a highly concentrated beam of light. They work by delivering this light energy to the tissue that is targeted with extreme precision, so as not to damage the surrounding tissue.
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Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is the primary treatment for spider veins and small superficial varicose veins that usually appear on the legs. They less commonly appear on other parts of the body. Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a chemical solution into a targeted spider vein or a reticular vein through a very fine needle.
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Foam Sclerotherapy

Foam sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive technique for men and women to eliminate unsightly varicose veins and spider veins. The procedure involves injecting a foam sclerosant in a blood vessel to close it. The blood reroutes itself through healthy veins, restoring more normal blood flow.
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Ambulatory Micro-Phlebectomy

Also known as ambulatory phlebectomy, this is a procedure that can be performed in the office and is commonly performed at the time of endovenous ablation. The procedure is intended to remove larger bulging varicose veins near the skin surface.
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“I can now endure intense cardio and leg workouts, and it does feel like I’ve been given a new set of legs.”

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