Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a condition affecting millions of people. Symptoms are described as burning and tingling with an uncontrollable urge to move or kick the legs when trying to sleep or lying down, which can cause significant sleep problems.
While people with RLS symptoms can find relief by stretching or walking, it is only temporary. At Carolina Vein Specialists, our doctors can determine if underlying vein disease is involved. If so, we can dramatically reduce or eliminate RLS symptoms using today’s most advanced vein treatments.
Make medications a last resort.
While RLS has been linked to multiple causes—including iron deficiency, Parkinson’s disease and various neurologic conditions—a study from the Journal of Dermatology reported that 22% of cases can be related to vein disease of the legs. In many instances, people with restless leg syndrome are prescribed medications for their symptoms without first checking for vein disease.
It’s important to have your legs evaluated for vein disease before experimenting with medications to treat RLS. There is a 1-in-5 chance that your restless legs are a symptom of vein disease, which is progressive and will develop further without treatment. Vein treatment could help you avoid unnecessary lifelong medicines.
Our leading-edge vein treatments can provide the relief you need.
A study in the journal Phlebology showed that treating veins in patients with RLS reduced their symptoms by 98%, and 80% of patients had long-term relief. If vein disease is determined through ultrasound exam to be the cause of your RLS symptoms, we will use the appropriate treatments—based on the unique factors involved—to treat the abnormal veins. As the veins respond to treatment, symptoms typically reduce or disappear without the need for prescription medication. You can look forward to feeling and sleeping better.