Reflex sympathetic dystrophy, or RSD, is a type of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). RSD and CRPS are types of nerve disorders that can be caused by injuries to the tissue and/or the nerves. RSD and CRPS can be caused by trauma to the extremities, such as trauma sustained in an automobile collision. Some examples of the trauma that cause RSD and CRPS are brain injuries, damage to nerves or blood vessels, surgery, sprains and broken bones.
RSD and CRPS result in changes in bone and skin, severe burning pain, the swelling of tissues, sensitivity to touch, and excessive sweating. Specifically, the primary symptom of RSD/CRPS is a continuous and intense pain that is much worse than it should be considering the severity of the injury, if an injury was involved, and which worsens over time. RSD/CRPS most often occur in the legs, arms, feet or hands and also involve changes in skin temperature, changes in skin color, changes in skin texture, burning pain, very sensitive skin, changes in nail and hair growth, swelling and stiffness, and motor disability.
There is no cure for RSD/CRPS, but there are several treatments. The primary treatment is physical therapy. Other treatments include surgery, medications, a nerve block, a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation unit (TENS unit). It’s vitally important that treatment begin within three months after symptoms begin. Individuals with RSD/CRPS often deal with depression, so it’s important to also obtain counseling or visiting a support group for individuals dealing with chronic pain.
In many cases, RDS/CRPS is the result of a physical trauma, which can commonly be an automobile accident or a work-related accident. If so, and if the accident was the fault of another party, such as another driver or an employer, monetary help may be available. If you are inDallas, call theDallas personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529. They will help you obtain compensation to help with your chronic pain. Call today.