If an unusual, uncomfortable sensation constantly causes you to move one or both of your legs to find temporary relief, you might have a common neurological condition called restless legs syndrome. At Dr. White’s Vein Center and Morgantown SculpSure & Clear Ink, PLLC in Morgantown, West Virginia, Carol White, MD, and the team treat restless legs syndrome to reduce your symptoms and improve your sleep. To schedule a restless legs syndrome treatment consultation, call or request an appointment online today.
Restless legs syndrome is a neurological disorder affecting about 10% of people in the United States. The main symptoms of the condition are a feeling of discomfort in your legs and the urge to move them. In turn, the condition can affect your sleep, mood, work, or school performance.
While the exact cause can’t always be determined, medical experts believe that restless legs syndrome is associated with an imbalance in the brain chemical dopamine, which regulates muscle movement.
This condition often develops in patients who have:
Venous insufficiency occurs when valves in your leg veins weaken and stop working. These valves normally keep blood flowing up your leg. When they fail, blood flows back down the leg and accumulates in the vein, causing venous insufficiency and varicose veins.
Restless legs syndrome causes varied sensations for different people with the condition. The sensation causing you to have the urge to move your legs might feel like:
You might get the sensation on just one side of your body at a time or on both sides at once. Typically, the symptoms become more intense at night. Walking or otherwise moving your legs might relieve them for a short time, but the sensations tend to return very shortly after.
At Dr. White’s Vein Center and Morgantown SculpSure & Clear Ink, PLLC, Dr. White and the team specialize in treating restless legs syndrome, among other conditions affecting the legs.
Restless legs syndrome caused by an underlying health condition improves by treating the problem. When your leg symptoms occur due to venous insufficiency, Dr. White recommends one of two advanced treatments: the VenaSeal™ Closure System or the radiofrequency
Dr. White performs both procedures by inserting a catheter into the vein through a tiny incision and using the catheter to deliver the treatment.
During a VenaSeal procedure, Dr. White places a safe medical grade adhesive in the vein that seals the vein walls together. ClosureFast uses heat from radiofrequency ablation to collapse the vein walls and close the vein.
If your restless legs syndrome is not associated with another condition, Dr. White might recommend one or more of the following treatments:
While there’s currently no cure for restless legs syndrome, treating your condition can greatly improve your quality of life and help you feel more comfortable.
To learn more about restless legs syndrome and treatments for the condition, call Dr. White’s Vein Center and Morgantown SculpSure & Clear Ink, PLLC or request an appointment online today.