Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) is a combination of symptoms including pain, tenderness, and swelling in the limbs, and it is often accompanied with profuse sweating and skin warmth/coolness, flushing, and discoloration. Also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy is not a well-known condition of the sympathetic nervous system. The pain caused by RSD can become chronic and may be a prolonged feeling that is very uncomfortable depending on the severity of nerve damage caused from the injury. The pain from RSD has been described as a burning or stabbing pain in the affected limbs that may spread the entire leg or arm. Other symptoms of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy include shiny or thin-looking skin with increased sensitivity to the area, abnormal sweating patterns, increased nail and hair growth patterns, stiff joints, and coordination issues.

How Can Calmare® Treat Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy?

Often the treatment for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy will incorporate the use of the Calmare® device, which has been used to successfully treat over 4,000 patients worldwide, and it has been shown to be effective in treating neuropathic and oncologic pain. The Calmare® device is extremely useful in helping to reduce swelling, stiffness, and the amount of pain patients with RSD report.

The Calmare® device uses a biophysical rather than a biochemical approach. A “no-pain” message is transmitted to the nerve via disposable surface electrodes applied to the skin in the region of the patient’s pain. The perception of pain is cancelled when the no-pain message replaces that of pain, by using the same pathway through the surface electrodes in a non-invasive way. Regardless of pain intensity, a patient’s pain can be completely removed for immediate relief.

More Information

Although research and in depth data about Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy are not readily available based on the amount of data, RSD is generally observed in patients who are around 40 years old, but not the elderly, and there have been cases in which teenagers have been diagnosed with RSD. Fortunately, children under five years old do not get RSD, and it is extremely rare in children between 5-10 years old.

To learn more about how Calmare® can treat the pain you get from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, visit SF Bay Peripheral Neuropathy or call (925) 393-0100 to speak with one of our Peripheral Neuropathy professionals today.

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