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Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) at Georgia Endovascular

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a neurological condition that strikes a significant percentage of the global population. The condition can cause disordered sleep, increasing the risk of numerous medical conditions and disrupting daily activities.

Approximately 5-10% of adults in the United States are estimated to be affected by RLS. The prevalence of RLS tends to increase with age, with the highest rates observed in individuals over 65 years old. Women are also more likely to develop RLS than men, although the reasons behind this gender difference are not fully understood.

While multiple factors are believed to play a role in RLS, venous insufficiency is one of the most common disorders associated with the condition.

At Georgia Endovascular, we take pride in delivering personalized treatment that yields exceptional outcomes. The expertise, advanced diagnostic techniques, comprehensive treatment options, collaborative approach to care, and patient-centered focus of our highly trained vascular specialists set us apart in delivering superior treatment.

We’ll explore the connection between RLS and vascular disorders.

What causes restless leg syndrome?

RLS -- sometimes called primary RLS, idiopathic RLS, or Willis-Ekbom disease -- is a neurological disorder causing uncomfortable sensations in the legs, often compounded by an irresistible urge to move them. The precise cause of restless leg syndrome isn't known. However, numerous variables can contribute to its development.

The condition is widely believed to be connected to inherited and environmental conditions, but venous insufficiency is a factor that is often present in people struggling with the disease.

One possible correlation between RLS and venous insufficiency is compromised leg circulation. Venous insufficiency causes impaired blood flow, resulting in swelling and discomfort. This stagnation might contribute to RLS symptoms development or worsening. The exact dynamics behind this relationship still need to be fully understood. However, poor circulation is believed to affect the nerves responsible for RLS symptoms.

Another possible contributor to RLS is neurological iron deficiency. This lack of iron is believed to cause a neurotransmitter dysfunction, which might cause the brain to send erroneous signals to the legs that stimulate movement.

Additional risk factors for restless leg syndrome are the following issues:

What are the symptoms of restless leg syndrome?

The most common issue related to RLS is the uncontrollable impulse to move the legs. The symptoms tend to intensify while resting or at night. Many people experience relief when stretching their legs or walking.

RLS can cause the following sensations in the legs:

The sensations can be intermittent and will occasionally disappear for weeks or months at a time.

How is restless leg syndrome treated?

A doctor may recommend various treatment options for you based on symptom intensity and duration:

It might be advisable to be screened for venous insufficiency if you have additional risk factors like leg swelling or varicose veins. Your treatment program will be created based on information gathered during a comprehensive evaluation.

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At Georgia Endovascular, we offer personalized care for vascular disease. If you are struggling with painful symptoms that negatively affect your quality of life, please don’t hesitate to contact our team for a complete evaluation today.

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