Malibu Restless Limb Syndrome Therapy & Medication, Multimodal Treatment Launch

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Southern California Pulmonary and Sleep Disorders Medical Center (805-557-9930) has expanded its services to Malibu, California, providing tailored diagnostics and treatments for patients with Restless Limb Syndrome (RLS).

Following the announcement, the sleep medicine center provides personalized care therapies that utilize a multimodal approach to relieve patients of their RLS symptoms. Led by Dr. Ronald A. Popper, a board-certified sleep specialist, the center serves patients of all ages, including children and older people.

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The Southern California Pulmonary and Sleep Disorders Medical Center’s expansion to Malibu allows it to reach a broader population suffering from RLS. The center uses both medical interventions and non-drug coping strategies to help patients regain control over their sleep and improve their overall quality of life.

According to the National Institutes of Health, Restless Limb Syndrome is a condition that affects up to 15% of the general population. Symptoms include an uncontrollable urge to move one’s extremities to relieve unpleasant sensations. These sensations, described as crawling under the skin, throbbing, burning, pain, or tingling, usually occur during periods of rest, particularly in the evenings or at night.

Dr. Popper and his team work with patients to identify and address the underlying medical conditions that contribute to RLS, such as iron or vitamin deficiencies, diabetes, or neurological disorders. Treatment plans may include lifestyle changes, including a reduction in caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco consumption or regular exercise.

Dr. Popper may also recommend medications like GABA receptor agonists, dopamine agonists, anti-seizure medicines, analgesics, and sleeping pills, though this depends on the severity of the condition.

As an alternative to medicinal intervention, the center uses Relaxis, an FDA-cleared vibrating counter-stimulation pad, to provide drug-free therapy. This device can offer relief without disturbing the patient’s sleep by emulating physical movement, like walking or leg shaking.

In addition to RLS, the Southern California Pulmonary and Sleep Disorders Medical Center specializes in treating other types of sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea and insomnia.

About the Center

Founded in 1984, the Southern California Pulmonary and Sleep Disorders Medical Center is fully accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, making it one of the first non-hospital-based sleep disorder centers in the country.

A satisfied patient said, “My RLS is under control, and I’m grateful to Dr. Popper and his team for their professional and caring approach at every step of the treatment. From the initial consultation to post-treatment follow-up, my experience has been nothing but positive.”

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