Facts and Statistics About RSD

There are two types of RSD. One type includes nerve injury while the other does not. Additionally, there are three possible stages associated with RSD. Some people never move beyond Stage 1, while others with more debilitating forms of the disease may move into Stages 2 and/or 3.

RSD: Who is at Risk?

RSD can strike males and females of any age, from childhood through adulthood. However, the most cases are seen in individuals between the ages of 40 and 60. Millions of people are currently living with RSD, and some may not even realize it.

RSD: How do You Get it?

There are many causes for RSD. For 10% to 20% of sufferers, there appears to be no precursor for the disease. For many people with RSD, however, the disease originates following an injury or a surgery. Other causes may include stroke, heart attack, pressure on a nerve, or cancer. Because these conditions cause pain, they may cause RSD symptoms by setting off a sympathetic reflex.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes (NINDS), approximately 2% to 5% of patients with peripheral nerve injury and approximately 12% to 21% of patients with partial paralysis (on one side of the body) develop RSD as a complication. According to The Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association of America (RSDSA), 1% to 2% of bone fractures result in the onset of RSD.

RSD: Is it Curable?

Sadly, there is currently no cure for RSD. However, if the symptoms are identified immediately, treatment is often very successful. Patients must thus rely on various treatment options rather than hoping for a cure. Possible options are many include the pain management (including topical analgesics, neural blockades, etc.), rehabilitation (ex. physical therapy), and psychological therapy. Though there is not one concrete course of treatment for RSD, physical therapy has been shown to be particularly effective in treating children with the disease.

If you or someone you know suffers from RSD, it is imperative to hire an attorney with knowledge of RSD to help identify the cause of the injury and to hold relevant parties responsible. Help is available. Choose a qualified attorney who will help understand your case and reclaim your quality of life.

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Page Description: FAQ - Facts and Statistics on Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy/Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD) updated on 11/07/2006.