Approximately 10% of adults in the United States suffer from restless legs syndrome, a sleep-movement disorder that causes an uncontrollable urge to move your legs when you’re at rest. Poor blood flow to your legs may be responsible for your symptoms. At Precision Vascular with branches in Arlington, Dallas, Mesquite, and McKinney, Texas, the experienced team offers many treatment options to alleviate your restless leg syndrome, including conservative and innovative treatments. Keep loving your legs, so contact the office nearest you by phone or online for a consultation today.
Restless leg syndrome is a condition in which you have strong, uncontrollable urges to move your legs while at rest to alleviate uncomfortable sensations. This condition can develop at any age and make it difficult for you to get a good night’s rest.
Researchers are still investigating the underlying cause of restless leg syndrome, and it’s been theorized that it may be due to an imbalance in dopamine levels in the brain. This imbalance would account for the altered muscle movement.
However, it’s possible that your painful sensations and movement urges may also be due to lower extremity venous insufficiency.
If you’ve been diagnosed with restless legs syndrome and you’re looking for answers to explain your symptoms, contact Precision Vascular for an evaluation to assess the circulation in your legs.
With restless leg syndrome you may experience unpleasant sensations in your legs or feet while you’re at rest, which includes sitting or lying down. The symptoms most often described include:
When you feel these sensations in your leg, you may find relief from stretching, standing, or walking. The sensations tend to worsen at night and may cause twitching and leg movements while you sleep.
Venous insufficiency is a condition in which your veins are not able to efficiently return blood back to your heart and lungs due to damage to the veins or the valves in your veins. While venous insufficiency can affect any vein, it most often affects the veins in the legs.
Venous insufficiency is common in the United States and can cause aching, pain, and swelling in your legs.
The team at Precision Vascular conducts a lower extremity ultrasound to evaluate the blood flow in your veins to determine if you have venous insufficiency, which may be contributing to your restless legs syndrome.
If the team discovers that your venous insufficiency is contributing to your restless leg syndrome, then they develop a plan to improve blood flow in your legs. Generally, conservative treatments are recommended, such as:
If your restless leg syndrome and blood flow fail to improve with conservative treatments, the team may recommend procedures to treat your problematic veins, such as radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, or a phlebectomy.
To get help for your restless legs syndrome, call Precision Vascular or request an appointment online today.