Restless Leg Syndrome Specialist - Malvern, PA

Over 3 million Americans suffer from the symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), the irresistible urge to move one’s  legs at night. RLS is often recognized as a sleep disorder because symptoms are usually brought on in the evening hours and disrupt sleep quality. 

Our practice is committed to making an accurate diagnosis of RLS and building out an appropriate treatment plan tailored to each patient.  

Stop suffering with restless leg syndrome (RLS). Our sleep specialists are highly experienced in the treatment and management of this common syndrome. Schedule an appointment with our sleep specialists today! 

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FAQs on Restless Leg Syndrome: 

What Is Restless Leg Syndrome?

Restless legs syndrome (RLS), also known as Willis-Ekbom disease, is a nervous system condition that causes an uncontrollable urge to move your legs. This urge is usually triggered by an uncomfortable sensation in the legs, which typically occurs at night while sitting or lying down. 

What Are The Symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome?

The leg sensations described by those with RLS can range anywhere from mild to unbearable. Commonly reported sensations include:

  • Crawling
  • Creeping
  • Pulling
  • Throbbing
  • Aching
  • Itching
  • Electric

Additionally, these sensations:

  • Are triggered from sitting or lying down for long periods of time
  • Mainly begin at night
  • Improve with leg movement (e.g. walking, stretching or jiggling the legs)

Who Is Affected By Restless Leg Syndrome?

Although RLS can begin at any age, it is most common in middle-age, and affects more women than men.

How Is Restless Leg Syndrome Diagnosed?

There is no medical test for RLS, although your doctor may perform lab tests to rule out other possible conditions, such as nerve damage. Oftentimes, primary care physicians will refer their RLS patients to a sleep specialist for a proper diagnosis. To make an assessment about restless leg syndrome, a sleep specialist may:

  • Ask your partner about your sleep behavior
  • Perform a sleep study (polysomnography) to determine if you have a sleep disorder that is causing RLS

What Is The Treatment for Restless Leg Syndrome?

  • Warm baths
  • Stretching
  • Leg massages
  • Heating pads and ice packs (can be used alternately)
  • Getting enough rest (sleep deprivation can worsen symptoms)
  • Regular exercise
  • Avoid caffeine
  • RLS foot wraps (applies pressure to help relieve symptoms)
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Sleep medication

RLS is a lifelong condition that has no cure, however, some cases will go into remission for days or years at a time.