Managing Restless Legs Syndrome: Care at NJ Vein Specialists

Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder characterized by an uncontrollable urge to move the legs and can be a source of significant discomfort and disruption in daily life. NJ Vein Specialists offers comprehensive care for those suffering from this condition, which is closely linked to venous insufficiency.

What is restless legs syndrome?

Restless legs syndrome is a condition marked by an uncomfortable sensation in the legs, often described as itching, pulling, or throbbing. These sensations typically occur during periods of inactivity, especially at night, and are relieved by movement.

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Symptoms of restless legs syndrome

Common symptoms of RLS include:

  • Irresistible urge to move the legs
  • Uncomfortable sensations in the legs, often described as crawling, creeping, pulling, or throbbing
  • Symptoms that worsen during periods of inactivity
  • Relief upon movement or stretching
  • Disruption of sleep due to leg discomfort

Restless legs and venous insufficiency

Venous insufficiency occurs when veins have trouble sending blood from the limbs back to the heart, leading to symptoms like swelling, aching, and fatigue in the legs. This condition can exacerbate or even contribute to the development of RLS. The discomfort and pain caused by poor circulation can trigger or worsen the sensations associated with RLS, often described as creeping, itching, or throbbing in the legs.

Patients with venous insufficiency often report symptoms that closely resemble RLS, particularly the urge to move their legs. This overlap can sometimes lead to challenges in diagnosis, as symptoms may be attributed to one condition while overlooking the other.

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Is it RLS or venous insufficiency?

Research has indicated a significant prevalence of RLS symptoms in patients with venous disorders. These studies suggest that treating venous insufficiency can have a positive effect on alleviating the symptoms of RLS. The improvement in blood flow achieved through various treatments can reduce the uncomfortable sensations in the legs that drive the need for constant movement. 

What are the treatments for restless legs?

Treating venous insufficiency involves a combination of lifestyle changes, medical therapies, and potentially surgical interventions tailored to the severity of the condition and the individual patient’s needs.

Lifestyle changes

Fundamental to managing venous insufficiency, these changes include:

  • Regular exercise, particularly activities that involve the legs, improves circulation.
  • Weight management to reduce pressure on the veins.
  • Elevating the legs to decrease swelling and improve blood flow. 
  • Avoiding prolonged periods of standing or sitting.

Compression therapy

This is often the first-line treatment for venous insufficiency. Compression stockings apply gentle pressure to the legs, helping veins and leg muscles move blood more efficiently. This therapy can reduce swelling and pain and is especially effective in the early stages of venous insufficiency.


In some cases, medications such as diuretics (to reduce swelling) and anticoagulants (to prevent blood clots) may be prescribed.

Minimally invasive procedures

These treatments are preferred for their efficacy and reduced recovery times. Options include:

  • Sclerotherapy: Involves injecting a solution into the vein, causing it to scar and reroute blood to healthier veins.
  • Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT): Uses laser energy to close off the affected vein.
    Radiofrequency ablation: Similar to EVLT but uses radiofrequency energy.
  • Surgical options: In severe cases where minimally invasive treatments are not suitable, surgical interventions may be necessary. These can include vein stripping or surgical ligation.
  • Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy: This is an advanced form of sclerotherapy used for larger veins, where foam is injected under ultrasound guidance.

Each treatment plan is developed based on the individual’s specific condition and overall health. The goal of these treatments is not only to alleviate the symptoms but also to address the underlying cause of venous insufficiency, thereby improving the patient’s quality of life and preventing future complications.

For more detailed information on treatment options or to schedule a consultation, patients can contact NJ Vein Specialists directly.

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Why choose NJ vein specialists

Choose NJ Vein Specialists for our holistic approach to treating restless legs. Our team of experts evaluates and treats underlying venous conditions. We offer personalized treatment plans, state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, and a commitment to patient education and comfort.

Restless LegsFAQ

Is RLS a serious condition?

Can lifestyle changes alleviate restless legs?

Is there a cure for restless legs?

How is RLS diagnosed?

Can children have restless legs?

For more detailed information or to schedule a consultation, please contact NJ Vein Specialists.

Is RLS a serious condition?

While RLS is not life-threatening, it can significantly impact quality of life and sleep.

Can lifestyle changes alleviate restless legs?

Yes, regular exercise, good sleep practices, and avoiding caffeine can help alleviate symptoms.

Is there a cure for restless legs?

If related to venous insufficiency, the symptoms can be significantly reduced with treatment.

How is RLS diagnosed?

Diagnosis typically involves a medical history review and may include blood tests or neurological exams.

Can children have restless legs?

Yes, RLS can affect individuals of all ages, including children.

For more detailed information or to schedule a consultation, please contact NJ Vein Specialists.

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