Accidental Injuries Can Trigger Reflex Sympathy Dystrophy
Reflex sympathy dystrophy or RSD is a painful condition that can potentially be triggered by accidental injuries.
Reflex sympathy dystrophy, also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), is a condition characterized by chronic pain that is believed to be linked to a dysfunction in the central nervous system. RSD/CRPS typically affects specific areas of the patient’s body, including the hands, legs and feet. According to the Mayo Clinic, Type 1 CRPS typically occurs after an illness or injury that did not result in damage to the nerves of the affected limb. Type 2 CRPS occurs after a distinct nerve injury.
Identifying Your Symptoms
Complex regional pain syndrome or RSD is typically characterized by a number of symptoms, although it can be difficult for doctors to diagnose. According to the Mayo Clinic, any of the following can indicate that you or a loved one is suffering from RSD:
- Continuous burning or throbbing pain, usually in the arm, leg, hand, or foot
- Increased sensitivity to touch or cold
- Swelling of the painful area
- Frequent changes in body temperature
- Changes in skin color, which can range from white and mottled to red or blue
- Changes in skin texture, which may become tender, thin or shiny in the affected area
- Changes in hair and nail growth
- Joint stiffness and/or swelling
- Muscle spasms, weakness or atrophy
- Decreased mobility in the affected limb
Symptoms may vary and it’s important to note that CRPS symptoms can begin in one limb and appear in other parts of the body.
Treatment is available for patients affected by RSD but to date, there is no specific cure for this condition. The effectiveness of any treatment method in reducing symptoms of RSD or CRPS depends on how quickly your doctor is able to establish a diagnosis. Treatment methods your doctor may suggest can include:
- Physical therapy
- Spinal cord stimulation
- Spinal drug pump
Patients who are affected by CRPS should consult their doctor to determine the best course of treatment for their symptoms.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Accidental Injuries
In some cases, RSD or CRPS can be triggered by an accidental injury. Type 1 Complex Regional Pain Syndrome can occur as the result of:
- Car accident
- Slip and fall
- Soft-tissue injury
- Workplace accident
- Motorcycle or bicycle accident
- Blunt force trauma
- Crush injuries
- Bone fractures or breaks
When a patient is diagnosed with RSD as the result of an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, it’s important for the victim to be aware of their legal rights. The responsible party may be required to provide monetary compensation for the victim’s medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Complex regional pain syndrome can have a devastating impact on its victims physically, emotionally and financially. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with reflex sympathy dystrophy following an accidental injury, you need to speak with an experienced California RSD attorney to discuss your rights.
Nadrich & Cohen, LLP represents patients in all 50 states who developed RSD or CRPS following an accidental injury. For more information on filing an RSD injury claim, call 1-800-718-4658.