To those who have never experienced it before, restless legs syndrome may not seem like a serious condition. But restless legs syndrome can be painful and seriously disrupt a person’s quality of life. In this article, we are going to discuss restless leg syndrome – its causes, symptoms, risk factors, and how physical therapy can help treat the condition.
What is Restless Legs Syndrome?
Restless legs syndrome (RLS for short) is a nerve disorder that results in an urge to constantly move the legs. Patients who suffer from restless legs syndrome typically report having an uncomfortable feeling in their legs, and needing to move their legs to get rid of the discomfort. Here are some of the common symptoms associated with restless leg syndrome:
- Leg Pain
- A feeling of pins and needles in the legs
- Itchiness in the legs
- Sleep deprivation
Symptoms of restless legs syndrome often get worse when the patient is sitting, lying down, or standing still. Sleep disruption is common concern among RLS patients as well. The condition often results in sleepless nights and disrupts quality of life.
Treating Restless Legs Syndrome
There is no known cure for restless legs syndrome. Treatment options focus on reducing symptoms. Various prescription drugs may help relieve symptoms, but the effectiveness of medications tends to wear off over time, and what works for one patient may make symptoms worse in another patient. Developing a regular physical therapy exercise routine can significantly reduce the symptoms of restless legs syndrome and lead to a better quality of life for patients suffering from the condition.
Minneapolis Physical Therapist
The team at OrthoRehab Specialists is composed of Twin Cities physical therapists with over twenty-five years of experience treating various injuries and conditions. When you make an appointment, you are paired with a physical therapist who specializes in your particular injury or condition. Your rehab specialist will work with you to develop a strategic therapy routine that fits your unique needs. We have existing referral relationships with over 600 local providers who entrust their patients to us for continued care. In addition, we offer direct access to physical therapy, so you have access to treatment even if you don’t have a prescription from your physician. Contact us today at our Edina or Minneapolis physical therapy clinics to set up your appointment and see what physical therapy can do for you!