If you’re ready to see a doctor due to restless leg syndrome (RLS), here’s something you need to know: About one-third of patients with RLS have chronic venous insufficiency. If that’s the cause of your restless legs, you need to see the team at University Vascular in Watkinsville and Gainesville, Georgia. As experts in venous insufficiency, you can count on receiving the best treatments for venous insufficiency and subsequently, for your RLS. Schedule an appointment by calling the office or using the online booking feature.
Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder that causes an irresistible urge to move your legs in order to stop unpleasant sensations that feel like itching, crawling, tingling, and pulling.
The need to move your legs begins when you sit for an extended time, such as during a car trip, and when you lay down to rest, where it typically occurs throughout the night.
Your risk of developing RLS is higher if the condition runs in your family. Studies on RLS are ongoing, but the experts have nailed down several possible causes:
Many women develop RLS during pregnancy. It may go away after delivery or persist for years.
Restless leg syndrome is a symptom of an underlying vein problem called chronic venous insufficiency. A blood clot may cause chronic venous insufficiency. However, it most often occurs when weak valves in your leg veins can’t maintain normal blood flow.
One-way valves in your veins prevent blood from flowing backward. When the veins stop working, blood goes down your leg and accumulates in the vein. Chronic venous insufficiency leads to varicose veins and venous stasis ulcers.
The standard treatments for RLS from University Vascular include:
Before you start these treatments, however, you need to schedule an examination at University Vascular to determine if chronic venous insufficiency is present. Restless leg symptoms that chronic venous insufficiency cause should stop once the problem receives treatment.
If you suffer from uncomfortable restless leg syndrome symptoms, call University Vascular or schedule an appointment online.