Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) is an uncommon but serious condition that may occur after an injury to the upper extremity. Usually it is the result of a significant nerve injury or crushing type injury, but may occur even with minor injuries or after routine procedures. For some individuals, the body responds to injuries with an abnormal pain “reflex” that causes significant, continuing pain, stiffness, and an inability to use the upper extremity for normal activities. The key to successful treatment of RSD is early recognition of the problem and aggressive intervention with therapy and often times referral to a pain specialist.