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Who's at Risk for Restless Legs Syndrome?

Who's at Risk for Restless Legs Syndrome?

Good sleep plays a huge role in your overall quality of life. But the thing affecting your sleep may not be a typical culprit, like caffeine too late in the day or a disrupted circadian rhythm. 

Your sleep issues could stem from a problem with the veins in your legs, which leads to a condition called restless legs syndrome (RLS). That can lead to a strong urge to move your legs, especially at night, and feeling like your legs are aching, itching, or throbbing, or your skin is creeping. 

Fortunately, here at Wellness and Surgery in Ardsley, New York, Jonathan Arad, MD, FACS, Michelle Molina, MD, and our team deliver dedicated treatment for restless legs syndrome. In fact, many patients call Dr. Arad “Dr. Tired Legs” because of his expertise in this area. If the urge to move your legs is keeping you from getting the rest you need, we’re here to help.

How do you know if RLS affects you? To help, let’s look at some things that heighten your risk for this condition. 

The risks for RLS

In most cases, RLS develops because of an issue with the veins in your legs. The most common problems there are:

Venous insufficiency (VI)

VI essentially means one or multiple veins in your leg is unable to do the work of sending blood back to your heart. This can lead to symptoms like cramping and aching, along with skin problems and RLS. 

Over time, VI can lead to a number of issues, including varicose veins. 

Varicose veins

Your veins should form a relatively straight pathway for your blood, allowing it to flow in the proper direction. But if the valves in your veins weaken or fail, the blood in them can flow backward, causing the vein to get engorged. At that point, those blood vessels are called varicose veins

Other risk factors

Beyond VI and varicose veins, certain things can contribute to a higher risk of RLS, including:

Here at Wellness and Surgery, our team can work with you to identify the cause of your RLS while finding you effective treatment.

Treating restless legs syndrome

You’re not stuck with your symptoms or the sleep issues they create. Dr. Arad and Dr. Molina offer targeted treatment for RLS. 

If a specific vein is to blame for the condition, we offer multiple ways to close the problem vein, including radiofrequency ablation and sclerotherapy. After we close the vein, your body redirects blood through other, healthy blood vessels. This can help to alleviate your RLS symptoms.

If your legs are getting in the way of your ability to sleep, don’t hesitate to contact our team to get started with diagnosis and treatment for your restless legs syndrome. You can call our office, schedule an appointment online, or text us at 312-667-3620.

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