What Is RSD/CRPS?
CRPS/RSD is a chronic condition which is characterized by severe levels of pain. The real challenge in this kind of condition is that it is difficult to diagnose. It can affect both young people and adults. The pain can also be unbearable especially because it affects the nervous system.
What is Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy?
RSDS is also called the complex regional pain syndrome. It is a rare disorder that affects the sympathetic nervous system. Its most common characteristic is chronic and severe pain. The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for regulating involuntary functions and movements of the body. For example, it regulates the blood pressure, the constriction of the blood vessels and the heart rate. When this system abnormally or excessively responds, it results to reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome.
What Is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?
This is the other name for reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome. It is a chronic pain condition which results from a dysfunction in the peripheral or central nervous system. The pain occurs when high levels of nerve impulses are being sent to the site affected.
Statistics show that CRPS is more common in women than men and people aged 20-35. However, it can also occur in children. The following are the most common symptoms associated with this condition.
- Severe, chronic and burning pain.
- Swelling and stiffness of the joints.
- Sudden change in hair and nail growth pattern.
- Decreased ability to move the body part affected by the condition.
- Changes in skin temperature and color.
- Some people have sweaty skin.
The treatment for RSD or CRPS is a combination of various treatments, which include physical therapy, nerve blogs, TENS and taking prescribed medications. Constant monitoring and therapy are necessary. Make an appointment with us today to discuss your optimal treatment.