What is Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)?
First diagnosed in 1944, Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a condition in which sufferers have unexplained leg symptoms including an urge to move legs uncontrollably; this urge seems to strike most often at night. Making matters worse, healthcare professionals have been baffled as to what causes this condition and how to treat it until just recently.
Early studies done in the 90’s started to shed light as to what may cause RLS and how to treat it. For example, in a 1995 paper written in Dermatologic Surgery, the authors found that 98% of patients who were treated for venous insufficiency using a technique called sclerotherapy saw at least some degree of improvement to their RLS with a majority seeing a significant improvement. Sclerotherapy was a common way to treat venous insufficiency prior to the rise of ablation.
If we fast forward to more recent research, a 2008 study of 35 patients with RLS who were treated with ablation of venous insufficiency showed that almost all patients saw an improvement to their RLS with half no longer having any RLS symptoms after treatment.
After enough studies, researchers theorized that the inflammation caused by worsening leg conditions like varicose veins injures the nerves related to the circulatory system in your skin. This injury is what causes Restless Leg Syndrome.
As a result, if you suffer from RLS, it’s important that you get screened for and then subsequently treated for venous insufficiency. Undergoing a noninvasive procedure like ablation is safer than the long-term use of drugs that are commonly prescribed for RLS and yet, as we’ve learned, this form of treatment can help eliminate your symptoms altogether.
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