Restless Leg Syndrome Therapies
If you suffer from restless leg syndrome, you’re all too familiar with the hard-to-resist urge to move your legs continuously. It’s often classified as a sleep disorder because it frequently interferes with a person’s ability to sleep. Far from being just a minor annoyance, it can cause discomfort and inconvenience. In today’s post, we are going to discuss restless leg syndrome and how it can be related to chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).
What Is Restless Leg Syndrome?
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a disorder characterized by an uncontrollable urge to move the legs. Symptoms of RLS include itching, burning and tingling sensations in the lower legs. It is worse at night when lying down and is sometimes temporarily relieved by movement or walking. RLS can cause trouble falling asleep, and/or repeated awakenings. This disorder is most common in middle and older age groups and affects 10-15% of the US population.
What Are The Causes of RLS?
Restless leg syndrome is believed to be associated with a number of factors, including iron deficiency, peripheral neuropathy, Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders. However, what is often ignored is that there is a great overlap in the symptoms of vein disease and restless leg syndrome. Recent medical research reported in the journal “Dermatologic Surgery”, shower that 22% of patients with restless leg syndrome also have venous insufficiency.
RLS and CVI:
The symptoms that RLS and CVI share include cramping, burning, itching and tingling in the lower legs. Because patients with RLS have a high likelihood of having CVI, treatment of CVI can often relieve symptoms. In fact, a study in the journal “Phlebology” found that 98% of patients treated for CVI found relief from their RLS symptoms, with 80% reporting long-term relief. Patients who get treatment for CVI can often stop having to take the prescription pain and sleep medication that is often prescribed to give them a little bit of short term relief.
At Alpha Vein Clinic, CVI is first diagnosed by a complete physical examination and the use of an ultrasound screening of the lower legs. Once the diseased veins are identified, a treatment plan can be tailored to the patient’s specific needs. Dr. Sassan Kaveh uses the latest techniques in vein treatments including radiofrequency ablation and the ClariVein procedure. Both of which are minimally invasive, performed in-office and covered in part or whole by more insurances.
If you suffer from restless leg syndrome, come to Alpha Vein Clinic and let Dr. Kaveh and his experienced staff help you determine if it is in fact caused by CVI. We can treat your diseased veins and finally rid you of the often annoying symptoms that go along with this disorder.
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