Restless Leg Syndrome Specialist

North Atlanta Vascular Clinic

General and Vascular Surgery located in Cumming, GA, Johns Creek, GA, Lawrenceville, GA, & Roswell, GA

If you experience an uncontrollable urge to move your legs due to discomfort that worsens when you try to sleep, you may have restless leg syndrome. The highly trained team of physicians at North Atlanta Vascular Clinic treats restless leg syndrome at five locations in Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Cumming, Roswell, and Lawrenceville, Georgia. To find relief from restless leg syndrome, call or book an appointment online today.

Restless Leg Syndrome Q & A

What is restless leg syndrome?

Also known as Willis-Ekbom disease, restless leg syndrome is a condition that causes uncomfortable sensations in the legs. You may also feel an urge to move your legs to temporarily relieve the discomfort.

Often, these symptoms worsen at night or during prolonged periods of rest. Restless leg syndrome may seriously interfere with your ability to sleep and negatively affect your quality of life.

What are the symptoms of restless leg syndrome?

The primary symptom of restless leg syndrome is the desire to move your legs when you should be resting. Common symptoms that often accompany restless leg syndrome include:

  • Uncomfortable sensations that begin after rest
  • Relief from these sensations with movement
  • Nighttime leg twitching or kicking

The unpleasant sensations often occur within the leg rather than on the surface of the skin. People with restless leg syndrome describe the sensations as crawling, throbbing, itching, or creeping-type feelings within their leg muscles. Some people experience sensations that feel like electric shocks.

When should I see a doctor for restless leg syndrome?

Many people with restless leg syndrome never receive help because they’re afraid the condition won’t be taken seriously. The compassionate team at North Atlanta Vascular Clinic knows that restless leg syndrome can cause sleep disturbances that affect your entire life.

If you suspect you have restless leg syndrome, the highly skilled providers at North Atlanta Vascular Clinic help you find relief so you can take control of your life again.  

Who gets restless leg syndrome?

Restless leg syndrome is a common condition that affects up to 1 out of 10 people at some point in their life. This condition can occur at any age, but women are more likely to develop restless leg syndrome during pregnancy.

How do you diagnose and treat restless leg syndrome?

To diagnose restless leg syndrome, your provider at North Atlanta Vascular Clinic reviews your medical history and symptoms. They perform a physical exam and may take blood tests to check for an underlying condition that may cause restless leg syndrome, such as an iron deficiency.

Then, they discuss the best course of treatment for your particular condition. Depending on your needs, treatment for restless leg syndrome may include:

  • Medications to relieve symptoms
  • Lifestyle changes such as getting regular exercise
  • Taking baths and getting massages to relax muscles

If the urge to move your legs keeps you awake at night, don’t hesitate to call North Atlanta Vascular Clinic or schedule an appointment online for expert care.