Although reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) is classified as a rare disease, it still affects about 200,000 people every year. The pain management specialists at Tarpon Interventional Pain & Spine Care are trained in the diagnosis and management of RSD to reduce your pain and improve your quality of life overall. The team has offices in West Plano, North Plano, and Addison, Texas, for convenient care close to your home or work. For RSD relief, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.
RSD is a neuroinflammatory disorder — sometimes called complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) — that causes chronic, moderate-to-severe pain. The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for bodily functions like heart rate, blood pressure, and constricting blood vessels. When the normal functions of your sympathetic nervous system are disrupted, you can experience a wide range of symptoms related to chronic pain.
Symptoms of RSD can vary widely depending on the location of your pain and which anatomical structures are involved. Possible RSD symptoms include:
In most cases, RSD affects a shoulder, arm, hip, or leg. Symptoms may begin gradually over three to six months or can appear suddenly and cause more severe pain right away.
The exact cause of RSD is unknown, though different things can trigger it, such as:
These types of triggers can injure blood vessels or nerves in the area and change the types of signals your nerves send to your brain. This causes an increase in pain sensation and leads to abnormal brain responses, such as decreased blood flow to the injured area so your skin appears blue or feels cold.
RSD is usually a diagnosis of exclusion. The team at Tarpon Interventional Pain & Spine Care provides extensive in-office testing to rule out other possible causes of pain before determining your exact diagnosis. Diagnostic procedures for RSD include:
Based on their findings, the team evaluates your condition and explains your diagnosis and treatment options.
While there isn’t a specific treatment protocol for RSD, a variety of therapies can be combined to relieve your pain and other symptoms. Possible treatment plans may include:
Based on the severity of your symptoms, the team develops a personalized treatment plan to help you feel better and improve your quality of life.
Call Tarpon Interventional Pain & Spine Care or use online booking to schedule a visit for reflex sympathetic dystrophy diagnosis and treatment today.