Restless leg syndrome (RLS).

Incidence and occurrence of restless leg syndrome (RLS)

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a common neurological disorder and is very often extremely bothersome even if it is not life-threatening. It occurs mostly as a disease on its own (idiopathic RLS), but may also be a symptom of another underlying disorder (symptomatic RLS). About 3 - 10 % of all Germans are affected and the incidence of the disease increases with age.

 

What is restless leg syndrome (RLS)?

RLS is characterised by an urge to move the legs, which in most cases is triggered or accompanied by unpleasant sensations. In rare cases, arms or other areas of the body are also affected in addition to the legs. The urge to move and unpleasant sensations primarily occur only when a person is at rest, particularly during the evening and night-time hours. The symptoms may be improved by moving, standing up or walking.

 

Restless leg syndrome (RLS). Information A-Z

Symptoms. Signs of Restless leg syndrome

What is restless leg syndrome (RLS)?

RLS is characterised by an urge to move the legs, which in most cases is triggered or accompanied by unpleasant sensations. In rare cases, arms or other areas of the body are also affected in addition to the legs. The urge to move and unpleasant sensations primarily occur only when a person is at rest, particularly during the evening and night-time hours. The symptoms may be improved by moving, standing up or walking.

 

Causes. How does Restless leg syndrome develop?

Incidence and occurrence of restless leg syndrome (RLS)

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a common neurological disorder and is very often extremely bothersome even if it is not life-threatening. It occurs mostly as a disease on its own (idiopathic RLS), but may also be a symptom of another underlying disorder (symptomatic RLS). About 3 - 10 % of all Germans are affected and the incidence of the disease increases with age.

 

Diagnostics & Therapy

In some cases, an assessment in a sleep laboratory over 1 or 2 nights is advisable.

Diagnostics & Therapy

Specialised Clinics

These centres of excellence of our clinics and hospitals have doctors and therapists qualified to treat Restless Legs Syndrome.

Specialised Clinics