Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder characterized by throbbing, pulling, creeping, or other unpleasant sensations in the legs and an uncontrollable, and sometimes overwhelming, urge to move them. Symptoms occur primarily at night when a person is relaxing or at rest and can increase in severity during the night. Moving the legs relieves the discomfort. Often called paresthesias (abnormal sensations) or dysesthesias (unpleasant abnormal sensations), the sensations range in severity from uncomfortable to irritating to painful.
HOW IS RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of the same is done by a general physician who would observe your involuntary leg movements. X-rays are done to.
HOW IS RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME TREATED?
Usually there are no medicines associated with the treatment of Restless Leg Syndrome. Using bandage therapy and restricting leg movement during the night using special devices is done. Physiotherapy, exercise and massage is also known to be effective.
DID YOU KNOW?
RLS is generally a lifelong condition for which there is no cure. Nevertheless, current therapies can control the disorder, minimizing symptoms and increasing periods of restful sleep.