What’s Going on With Your Restless Legs?

A cartoon image of a man laying in bed with his legs looking wavy like they're restless through the covers

People with restless legs syndrome (RLS) experience discomfort in their legs that causes an uncontrollable urge to move them. This aching and agitation can interfere with sleep and negatively affect a person’s quality of life.
The exact cause of RLS is unknown, but it is thought that genetics are a factor because almost half of the people with this condition have a family member who also has it. Vein problems, which also have a strong genetic component, are also a major cause of restless legs syndrome. Multiple studies have noted that fixing vein problems almost always significantly improves or cures restless leg syndrome.

Venous Insufficiency May Cause RLS

Venous insufficiency is a condition where the veins have difficulty circulating blood from the legs back to the heart. It is caused by weak or malfunctioning valves in the veins that allow blood to flow in the wrong direction, which can lead to the veins filling with blood and becoming enlarged. This generally becomes apparent in the form of varicose veins. Venous insufficiency and varicose veins are often associated with the symptoms of RLS, such as aching, cramping, itching, and tingling sensations in the legs.
During your consultation, a painless ultrasound can be used to diagnose the cause of your symptoms and determine the specific areas that may require treatment.

The Solution: A diagram showing how endovenous laser treatment works within the veinsEndovenous Laser (EVLA) Treatment

Endovenous laser treatment is the leading procedure for the treatment of varicose veins. EVLA is safe, minimally invasive, and provides immediate improvement with little to no discomfort. The laser delivers light waves to the vein that safely ablate even the most severe varicose veins, and treatment can be completed in about an hour.

If you would like to alleviate your restless leg symptoms and get rid of varicose veins, please call (303) 683-3235 or fill out our online contact form. Dr. Verebelyi is certified by The American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine as well as the American Board of Family Medicine. He and his staff look forward to helping you attain healthy, pain-free legs.

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