Restless Legs Bothering You?
Modern life means busy schedules for everyone, from young students to hardworking professionals. Many people struggle to get eight hours a day when the demands of family and work eat up their free time. Conditions like Restless Leg Syndrome can make it even harder to rest at the end of the day. If you can’t seem to find a comfortable position at night or find yourself waking up regularly, come in for a visit to see if you may have this unusual but common condition.
What is Restless Legs Syndrome?
This syndrome primarily affects the legs when a patient is resting. They may be seated and trying to relax with a movie, or lying in bed and waiting for sleep. The condition is considered a neurological disorder because it involves uncomfortable sensations in the nerves of the leg, also known as Dysesthesias. The sensations can make it impossible to sit in a car for more than a few minutes or fall asleep. Most patients have to continually move their legs to relieve the nerve sensations that drive them crazy, preventing proper rest and providing the name of Restless Legs Syndrome. Resolving RLS symptoms can help you restore your daily routine or enjoy a lazy day in the hammock again.
Restless Leg Syndrome Symptoms
Despite the name, RLS doesn’t always affect the legs alone. The same sensations can occur in the arms, hands, and legs. Look for symptoms like:
- Discomfort in the limbs in the form of tingling, burning, cramping, or itchy
- Insect-like crawling sensations
- The feeling of tension or the need to move
- Constant waking in the night due to leg sensations or the need to get up
- Inability to sit, stand still, or lie down for more than half and hour at a time
- Relief in leg sensations when swinging the limbs, flexing the muscles, or pacing around the room
Causes of Restless Leg Syndrome
Unfortunately, many cases of RLS are diagnosed as idiopathic. This means that there is no specific or known cause for the symptoms. However, other cases may be caused by:
- Pregnancy complications
- Anemia and iron deficiency
- Kidney disease, damage, or failure
- Peripheral neuropathy, which is a disorder that involves nerve inflammation in any quadrant of the body
- Chronic diseases like Parkinson’s Disease and diabetes
- Medications that affect the nerves, such as antidepressants and allergy treatments
- Alcohol sensitivity and heavy drinking
Restless Legs Syndrome Risks
Certain risk factors have been identified for this debilitating disorder. Some simply can’t be changed, but others are lifestyle choices that you can avoid to lower your risk for developing RLS. Risk factors include:
- Gender – women have a slightly higher risk for RLS than men
- Age – it can develop in childhood, but rises in prevalence among middle aged adults
- Medications – taking antidepressants or antihistamines can trigger the development of this syndrome
- Sleep deprivation – the less you sleep from RLS symptoms, the more severe they can become
Restless Legs Syndrome Treatment Options
Unless a specific nerve compression issue is diagnosed, most treatment plans aim to control the symptoms. Occasional treatments may yield surprising relief. We offer treatments in our Austin office that include:
- Massage to relieve muscle tension from stress and fatigue
- Chiropractic adjustment if misalignment is suspected to be the cause
- Electrostimulation for overactive nerves
- Stretches and exercise techniques to keep the muscles from twitching and cramping all night
- Nutritional supplements
- Peripheral neuropathy treatment
Find True Relaxation Again
One visit to Texas Spine and Sports Therapy Center can help you determine why you are experiencing numbness & tingling every night. Life will become far more enjoyable once you feel comfortable sitting still for a few hours to dine with friends or take in a film. If you aren’t sure if your symptoms are linked to Restless Leg Syndrome or another nerve issue, come in for a full consultation.
The Initial Visit
When you arrive for your first visit, Dr. Atencio or a member of the Texas Spine and Sports Therapy Center team will spend time with you collecting your patient history. This information will help your Texas Spine and Sports Therapy Center Team know how significant your restless legs and feet problem is and how best to help you. As you get started with a treatment plan for your restless legs and feet, we will most likely give you some at home tips to be aware of. The Team at Texas Spine and Sports Therapy Center has a lot of experience with restless legs and feet, but we will also need your participation in your care for the best results.
Feel free to look at our testimonials page to see what others have said about our Texas Spine and Sports Therapy Center. We’re proud to be part of their health care team. We want to thank you for considering us to help with your restless legs and feet. It does not have to be a life sentence. You don’t have to become another statistic, restless legs and feet is a fixable problem.
If you are suffering from restless legs and feet, Dr. Atencio and the team at Texas Spine and Sports Therapy Center are ready to help. Texas Spine and Sports Therapy Center provides specialized treatment plans for restless legs and feet in Austin and can help you understand where your symptoms are coming from and what it will take to improve.
Call (512) 806-0015 today to schedule your free consultation!