What Is CRPS? What Is RSD?
These are acronyms for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, a very serious condition usually triggered by a minor trauma to a limb, resulting in pain that does not go away. Knowing what to do if you are diagnosed with this serious illness (usually latently, long after the injury that caused it) is critical.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) used to be called RSD, short for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. CRPS is broken down into two categories, Type 1 and Type 2. It is a serious and debilitating condition resulting in the patient suffering chronic pain, usually in a limb, which varies in intensity throughout the day or based on activities. It is often hallmarked by one or more of the following:
- Extreme sensitivity to light touch
- Discoloration of the afflicted limb
- Temperature change of the afflicted limb
- Hypersensitivity to touch
- Abnormal hair growth or abnormal fingernail or 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 someone
Unfortunately, the 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 an all too often a life-changing event for the person suffering from it as well as for their family.
Sometimes bad things happen for which no one in particular is at fault. However, if you or someone you know has been diagnosed with CRPS or RSD and there is 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 other sources of legal representation have previously turned you away.
Individuals suffering from CRPS/RSD often feel hopeless and believe that they have very few options medically and legally. Medically speaking, advances are being made in this field routinely, which are helping physicians better understand and manage this condition in their patients, thus helping their patients reclaim their lives. Legally, there may be help as well. To know whether we can help you, contact our office to discuss your case at no charge.