CRPS/RSD (CHRONIC PAIN)

WHAT IS CRPS? WHAT IS RSD?

These are acronyms for chronic regional pain syndrome and reflex sympathetic dystrophy, an insidious condition usually triggered by a minor trauma to a limb, resulting in pain which does not go away. Knowing what to do if you are diagnosed with this serious illness (usually long after the incident that caused it) is critical. Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) used to be called RSD, short for Reflex Sympathy Dystrophy. CPRS is a serious, debilitating condition, which results with the patient suffering from chronic pain usually in a limb, but not exclusively. This pain varies in intensity throughout the day, or is based on certain activities performed. It is often hallmarked by one or more of the following listed symptoms:

– discoloration of the afflicted limb
– temperature change of the afflicted limb
– hypersensitivity to touch
– abnormal hair growth or abnormal fingernail / toenail growth
– allodynia, which means pain from stimuli that are not normally painful, such as the touch of clothing, a breeze, or a light touch by another.

Worst of all, the underlying cause of CRPS is often a minor trauma or accident, though it can also be triggered at times by a severe trauma or accident. CRPS is often a life-changing event for the person suffering from it, and for their families as well.

Sometimes unexpected events happen for which no one in particular is at fault. However, if you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with CRPS or RSD and have reason to believe it may have been caused by someone else’s negligence, we can help. If you have been injured in an automobile accident or suffer from a neglected condition, we may be able to help, even if you had initially been unsuccessful in obtaining legal representation.

Individuals suffering from CRPS or RSD often feel hopeless and that they have very few options medically and legally. Medically speaking, advances are consistently being made in this field. This helps physicians better understand and manage this condition in their patients, thus helping those patients reclaim their lives. Contact our office to discuss your case and discern whether we can help you. The consultation is free.