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Utah RSD Injury Attorney
What is RSD or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?
According to Wikipedia, RSD, or “Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy” is a chronic and progressive disease that can cause severe pain, swelling, and changes in its victim’s skin. There is no known cure for this.
RSD symptoms usually manifest themselves near the site of an injury, including injury from Utah car accidents. Common symptoms can include muscle spasms, intense burning pain, extensive swelling, increased sweating, joint tenderness or stiffness, bone softening, changes in the skin, and painful or limited range of motion. Some RSD symptoms can be external and are seen as warm, shiny red skin that slowly cools and becomes bluish in color near the site of injury.
How Can RSD be Diagnosed? RSD can be suspected when pain (often with burning sensations) develops a few days after the injury. Commonly, this will be an upper or lower extremity but can also involve both hands and feet.
In many RSD cases, the pain a person experiences is significantly worsened with touch, even light touch, such as clothing or sheets. Some even complain that air over the skin can cause significant pain.
Common treatment involves various forms of shots or injections, which are most effective right after the diagnosis. Treatment can also involve physical therapy and rehab. Treatment can also consist of various drug prescriptions. For example, anti-arthritis drugs can be helpful to reduce pain. And antidepressants are known to block nerve-induced pain.
Prognosis for RSD. There are different degrees of symptoms with RSD: it can be quite mild or severe. It tends to be progressive and will usually worsen over time. Treatment is necessary to avoid disability.
In these situations, patients have two responsibilities: (1) To seek medical attention for any unexplained onset of burning pain, especially if it develops after an injury, and (2) To cooperate fully with treatment, especially physical therapy
RSD is a serious condition, for which there is no perfect cure. If you have developed RSD following a serious injury, you will want to speak with an experienced Utah accident and injury attorney. Please give us a call to find out if we can help you in your particular situation.