Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSD) has been in existence for many years. As far back as the Civil War the disease existed, though it then bore the name causalgia. Often characterized initially by a deep burning sensation, this disease is progressive in nature and currently has no cure.

What is RSD?

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSD) is a neurological disorder. It is estimated that millions of people suffer from this disease, which attacks the muscles, skin, joints and bones.

What Causes RSD?

There is often no cause when a person develops Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSD). However, when a cause can be identified, it may be linked to cast or splint immobilization, heart attack, head injury, a sprain, or a sports injury that results in a broken bone.

What are the Symptoms of RSD?

The symptoms of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSD) vary among individuals. Typically, the initial symptoms include intense burning in the joints or limbs (including hands, arms, feet, or legs). Sensitivity to touch, swelling, and/or excessive sweating often accompany the burning. In sufferers of RSD the burning feeling is not consistent with their injuries. Though the initial injury may appear mild in nature, the pain is far too intense to justify it.

As with many diseases, patients with RSD experience different degrees of pain. For some, the pain subsides for a length of time, while for others; the pain is unbearable and constant.

Whom Does RSD Affect?

RSD can strike any person of any age. More cases are seen in women than men, however, and RSD is most common among people between 40 and 60 years of age.

Is There a Cure for RSD?

There is currently no cure for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSD). Sadly, the disease is crippling for many sufferers. Present treatment options include topical analgesics, anti-depressants, spinal cord stimulation, and physical therapy. Physical therapy has been shown to be particularly effective in children with RSD.

Many institutes, including the National Institute of Health, are working hard to find a cure or more viable treatment options for those suffering with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSD). With plans being devised to suggest a more aggressive approach to traumatic injuries, it is hoped that this disease may someday be eliminated, or at least reduced drastically.

Until that day, it is vital for RSD patients seeking legal representation to seek out an attorney familiar with the disease. Understand that you are not alone, and that there is an attorney who can help you with what you need. RSD can be debilitating. Finding an attorney who supports your case should not be.

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Resource4 provides information on Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSD) a neurological disorder. Site updated on 11/7/2006.