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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a condition characterized by unrelenting pain, swelling, discoloration, temperature, and physical changes in the affected body part. RSD / CRPS can affect any part of the body but occurs most frequently in the hands, arms, feet, shoulders, and knees.

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CRPS Progression

Although every patient is different, the progression of RSD / CRPS has been generally assigned to stages. Also, it is generally accepted that RSD/CRPS can spread within the affected limb and even to other parts of the body.

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CRPS Diagnosis

Unlike many diseases or conditions, there is no test, scan or study that definitively diagnoses RSD/CRPS. The diagnosis is often a clinical or differential diagnosis, meaning that your doctor diagnoses the disorder after and as a result of a comprehensive history and physical exam and after ruling out other possible explanations for its signs and symptoms.

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CRPS Treatment

The main goals of CRPS treatment are to reduce pain and increase function and mobility. Physical therapy and active use of the affected extremity are critical to any chance of recovery, especially in RSD/CRPS’s early stages. There are a number of medications available to help ease the pain so that patients can engage in activity and physical therapy.

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CRPS Life Impact

RSD / CRPS can be a lifelong condition that can have a significant impact not only on the patient but also on the family and friends of the patient. This condition can seriously affect the patient’s ability to work or maintain gainful employment. This condition can also force the patient to give up leisure activities or exercise regimens.

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RSD / CRPS typically occurs following trauma or surgery to an extremity. Often the injury is relatively minor and the pain is greatly disproportionate to the injury. Although the severe pain may immediately follow the injury, it often does not and instead follows the injury by days or even months. The pain is often characterized as an intense burning type pain.

RSD vs CRPS

Although most medical experts believe RSD is characterized by an overactive sympathetic nervous system response, there is much debate about the physiology of the disease. The name reflex sympathetic dystrophy was given to the disease in the 1940′s but has undergone recent scrutiny.

Many in the medical field believe that the name “reflex sympathetic dystrophy” is somewhat misleading considering only a portion of the patients respond to sympathetic blocks, indicating that not all of the pain in this syndrome is related to the sympathetic nervous system.

In response to this frequent inconsistency, the International Association for the Study of Pain has adopted the term Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) to describe the debilitating pain syndrome that was commonly known as RSD.

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The attorneys at Belt Law Firm have successfully represented RSD/CRPS clients in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee. These cases involved injuries from automobile accidents (shoulder injury, ankle fracture), product malfunctions (hand crush, wrist fracture), slip and falls (knee contusion, wrist fracture), poorly performed blood draws (antecubital pain), and crush injuries (ankle, Achilles tendon).

Among the settlements we have achieved in RSD/CRPS cases are: $2,500,000 for a (AL) slip and fall case involving a woman who developed RSD after suffering a broken wrist, $1,300,000 for a (FL) case where a woman developed RSD after an improperly performed blood draw, and $800,000 for a (TN) woman who developed RSD after suffering a bruised knee due to a slip and fall in a grocery store. ...Read More

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