Approximately 15 percent of Americans are affected by restless leg syndrome. When it occurs, patients experience a constant urge to move their legs due to uncomfortable sensations. The symptoms usually appear while sitting or lying down, and tends to occur more often at night.
Restless leg syndrome can be the result of vein disease. In fact, more than 90 percent of patients with restless legs suffer from venous insufficiency. When the valves in the leg veins weaken and fail to function properly, blood flows backwards into the legs, leading to venous congestion. In addition to causing significant leg discomfort, venous congestion in the legs presumably triggers a reflex to move the legs in order to clear the blood and fluid out of the muscles.
Studies have shown that 80 to 85 percent of patients have significant or complete resolution of restless leg syndrome following treatment of vein disease. If you have been diagnosed with restless leg syndrome, experience the frequent urge to move your legs while at rest, and you feel as if this condition is negatively impacting your work and life, contact us to set up an appointment. One of our doctors will examine you, review your medical history, and make the appropriate treatment recommendations.