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Center for Restless Legs Syndrome

Research is a very important component of The Johns Hopkins Center for Restless Legs Syndrome because knowledge is the key to better understanding this disorder.

It is estimated that 5% of the general population and as many as 10% of those over 65 years old have restless leg syndrome (RLS).

The RLS Center conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of restless legs syndrome.


What is Restless Legs Syndrome?

Restless Legs Syndrome, (RLS), also recently renamed Willis-Ekbom Disease (WED), is a neurological condition associated with abnormal sensations in the legs.

There are four primary features of RLS:

  • Uncomfortable sensation in the legs with a clear need or urge to move the legs
  • The symptoms are worse at night
  • The symptoms come on with rest
  • The symptoms are relieved with movement

These sensations may be felt anywhere from the thigh to the ankle, but only rarely in the feet. One or both legs may be affected. For some people, the sensations are also felt in the arms.

Read more about RLS

To make an appointment or request an evaluation, please call the Johns Hopkins Sleep Disorders Center at 410-550-0571.


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Volunteers Needed

If you are interested in participating in a clinical study being conducted at the Johns Hopkins Center for RLS, please contact the RLS Center Study Recruiter at 410-550-1046.

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