Restless Leg Syndrome
What is Restless Leg Syndrome?
Restless Leg Syndrome, (RLS) is a common medical condition characterized by an uncontrollable urge to move the legs especially while sitting or lying down.
Those who suffer from RLS find ordinary activities, such as traveling by car, airplane or sitting in theaters, almost impossible because their legs simply won't allow them to sit still.
What's more, RLS can make sleeping very difficult, leading to fatigue, chronic sleep deprivation and a lower quality of life.
If this sounds like you, you're not alone. It's been reported that approximately 2 out of 10 adults in the U.S. suffer from RLS.
The Relationship between RLS and Venous Reflux
Studies have observed RLS in patients with venous disorders due to refluxing venous blood flow.
Healthy veins return blood to the heart and lungs so it can be re-oxygenated. A system of valves along with normal calf muscle contractions makes this happen by allowing the blood to flow upward against gravity.
When valves fail, blood flows backward or down under the force of gravity. This backward flow, or reflux, causes blood to pool and stagnate in the veins, which can lead to aching, throbbing, cramping and fatigue in the legs.
Treating Restless Leg Syndrome
When valves fail, blood flows backward or down under the force of gravity. This backward flow, or reflux, causes blood to pool and stagnate in the veins, which can lead to aching, throbbing, cramping and fatigue in the legs. We've observed that a large percentage of patients with RLS and venous reflux will experience significant improvement in their discomfort following the treatment of their venous reflux with procedures like Endovenous Laser Treatment (ELT) and Sclerotherapy.
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