How do you get RSD/CPRS, and what causes it?

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), also known as Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a progressive neurological disorder affecting the muscles, skin, joints, and bones. It is a chronically painful condition for which there is currently no cure.

Because Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, or Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome is not a commonly known disease, many patients and professionals alike wonder, "How do you get RSD/CRPS?" The answer is difficult at best. For many sufferers of the disease, there is no actual cause. As patients often seek to know "why," this can be especially frustrating. For other patients, however, the disease originates after one or more occurrences.

Possible answers to the question, "How do you get RSD/CRPS?" include:
  • After a heart attack
  • Following a head injury
  • After a sports injury resulting in a broken bone
  • Following a sprain
  • After a surgery
  • Due to a repetitive motion disorder (such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)
  • After an infection

When suffering with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, or Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome, it is important to focus on and become knowledgeable about various aspects of the disease. These aspects include knowing the type of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, or Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome you have. There are two types. The first does not involve nerve injury while the second does involve nerve damage.

It is also wise to explore all possible treatment options to help alleviate pain. Because the pain of RSD/CRPS varies among individuals, there is not one plan of treatment that is able to treat all sufferers. Rather, the treatment options must be tailored to meet the needs of each individual patient. For example, in children, one of the best treatment options has been found to be physical therapy. However, children or adults may also need additional treatments including topical analgesics, spinal cord stimulation, anti depressants, and neural blockades. Because people of all ages can get RSD/CRPS, it's important to ask questions. Don't be afraid to ask your doctor, "How do you get RSD/CRPS?" But don't stop there. A qualified physician will be able to answer your questions. If he or she cannot, it's best to find a new doctor.

Likewise, an adequate attorney will be familiar with cases such as yours. If you're in need of representation for your case, you're not alone. Attorneys are available who will represent you with courtesy and integrity. If someone or something caused your condition, you don't have time to waste - contact an attorney today.

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Page Description: Causes of and how do you get Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSD)CRPS. Updated on 11/07/2006.