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.
How are they treated?
Quick, effective outpatient visits treat the root cause, not just the symptoms.
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 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
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
Endovenous Laser Treatment