Sleep Disoreders Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) Treatment

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At Sleep & Neuroscience Associates, the leading sleep center in Greenwich, CT, we diagnose and treat a wide range of sleep disorders, including restless legs syndrome (RLS). Learn more about our RLS treatments below, or schedule an appointment to sleep better and live better today.

What is restless legs syndrome (RLS)?

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder that manifests as a restless or twitching feeling in the legs when an individual is lying or sitting down. The feeling is relieved by moving, standing, or walking around. Most people who suffer from RLS have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, causing exhaustion and fatigue during the day, resulting in poor concentration, memory loss, and even depression.

What are the signs and symptoms of RLS?

There is no laboratory test to diagnose RLS. Diagnosis is made on the basis of clinical criteria that must be satisfied. Following are some of the common symptoms associated with RLS:

  • Uncomfortable sensations in the legs (may affect the arms or body as well)
    • Tingling
    • Throbbing
    • Pulling
    • Pinching
    • Aching
  • Irresistible urge to move the legs
  • Sensation relieved by movement
  • Symptoms are worse in the evening or at rest

What are the risk factors for RLS?

You may have a higher risk of developing RLS if you:

  • Have a chronic disease, such as diabetes or kidney failure
  • Are taking medications that contain sedating antihistamines (such as anti-depressants, anti-nausea, anti-psychotic, or allergy medications)
  • Are pregnant; symptoms may worsen in the last trimester of pregnancy

How is Restless Leg Syndrome diagnosed?

If you are experiencing any of the signs and symptoms of RLS, an experienced sleep specialist can help make a correct diagnosis. Because there is no specific test for RLS, it is important to consult a sleep doctor, such as our doctors, who is board-certified in sleep medicine and experienced in diagnosing and treating all types of sleep disorders, including RLS. Making a diagnosis typically begins with a physical examination and sleep history evaluation.

How is Restless Legs Syndrome treated?

Restless leg syndrome treatment may include:

  • Improving sleep hygiene, which consists of implementing sleep habits and routines that are conducive to consistent, quality sleep.
  • Treating underlying medical conditions, such as iron deficiency or other existing health problems that may cause RLS or worsen RLS symptoms.
  • Medical management, which may consist of prescribing FDA-approved medications for treatment of RLS.
  • Sleep devices may occasionally be used, which can help alleviate the uneasy sensation and improve symptoms.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

If you believe you may be suffering from RLS, it is important to see a doctor who specializes in sleep medicine in order to properly diagnose and treat your condition. Call (203)-245-0412 today, or schedule an appointment using this form.

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MEDICAL OFFICE CLOSURE ANNOUNCEMENT

We regret to announce that we will be closing the practice for in person and telehealth services for Sleep and Neuroscience Treatment as of 9/30/2023. The Practice was formerly owned by Dr. Malhotra and was located at 86 Bradley Road, Madison, CT 06443.

In February 2022, Waterstone acquired Sleep and Neuroscience Treatment under Dr. Thomas Abbenante, who has been working with patients in Greenwich and New Haven offices.

If you are seeking new services, please contact your health insurance company who can provide you with a list of providers that are in network with your current plan. For additional information or referrals, you can also contact the Connecticut State Medical Society at www.nhcma.org or by calling 203-865-0587.

For current or previous patients, please contact our agency for information regarding your account, appointments, or medical records. You may reach us at 203-245-0412 or fax requests to 203-427-0441. You will receive mailed information detailing closure and any follow-up instructions.

Please note that the business mailing address for Dr. Abbenante and Sleep and Neuroscience is:

Dr. Thomas Abbenante
Sleep & Neuroscience Department
c/o Waterstone Counseling Centers, LLC
86 Bradley Road
Madison, CT  06443