Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a condition marked by unpleasant leg sensations. It is a disorder of the part of the nervous system that causes an urge to move the legs. Restless Leg Syndrome frequently leads to insomnia because it usually interferes with sleep. The leg pain of Restless Leg Syndrome typically eases with motion of the legs and becomes more noticeable at rest.
People with Restless Leg Syndrome have uncomfortable sensations in their legs and sometimes in their arms or other parts of the body. They get an irresistible urge to move their legs to relieve the sensations. The condition causes an uncomfortable itchy, pins and needles or creepy crawly feeling in their legs. RLS affects both sexes, but it is more common in women and may begin at any age, even in young children. Most people who are affected severely are middle-aged or older.
What Are the Causes?
The causes of Restless Leg Syndrome is yet unknown in most people, however, doctors suspect that genes play a role. Nearly half the people with RLS also have a family member with the condition. However, other factors associated with the development or worsening of Restless Leg Syndrome include:
Some drugs and medications have been associated with RLS, they include:
What Are the Symptoms?
People suffering from Restless Leg Syndrome are described by many different symptoms, such as:
Symptoms of RLS usually affect and worsen in the nighttime leading to insomnia. Because of lack of sleep, children and some adults may be very drowsy, irritable and aggressive during daytime hours.
How Can RLS Be Diagnosed?
For the diagnosis of Restless Leg Syndrome, four criteria should be met in a person:
How Can You Cure RLS?
Physiotherapy is the best treatment method, however, it requires severe lifestyle modifications that include:
There is no specific cure for Restless Leg Syndrome, however, Physiotherapy can help control the condition, reduce symptoms and improve sleep. If you are suffering from Restless Leg Syndrome and have tried all possible treatments, book an appointment with us, our professional physiotherapists with their expertise will help you get relief from Restless Leg Syndrome.