What Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome(RSD)?

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CPRS) is one of those syndromes which usually affect one or more extremities as well as any part of the body.  RSD still remains poorly understood and may go unrecognized. The best way to describe Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy is in the terms of an injury to any nerve or soft tissue for which does not follow the normal healing pathway.
The severity of reflex sympathetic disorder does not appear to be dependent upon the magnitude of the injury. It is also considered that the injury can be so minor that the patient may not even recall an injury. Even experts find the cause difficult to understand.  One of the more confusing features of RSD is that the sympathetic nervous system seems to assume an abnormal function post injury. Early diagnosis of RSD is considered to be critical. If left undiagnosed or untreated, RSD can spread to all extremities making rehabilitation a more difficult task.

Mechanism Of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome

Diagnosis & Treatment Of RSD

If diagnosed early, a physician may suggest mobilization of the affected extremity utilizing physical therapy. There are no studies present showing the effect of RSD on the life span of the patient. In advance stages of RSD patients suffering from RSD can undergo psychosocial and psychiatric issues and may be completely incapacitated by the disease as well as exposing the patient to potentially addictive narcotics.
To make the initial diagnosis of RSD – a physician must first recognize that there are some features of RSD which are more distinctive of the syndrome than the others, and also the clinical diagnosis is established by placing multiple bits of the […]