Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), also known as complex regional pain syndrome type I (CRPS I), is a painful nerve syndrome that occurs in the hand or foot after an injury. If left untreated, the pain or weakness caused by RSD can limit use of the injured area.
Symptoms include new, severe pain in the original injured area. That pain may spread through the injured limb and then other symptoms may appear, such as stiffening, loss of strength, elevated skin temperature and a swollen, reddish look.
The first way to treat RSD is through a supervised physical or occupational therapy program. St. Dominic’s Hand Management Center therapists have a thorough knowledge of this syndrome and can help you improve movement, reduce pain, and regain function as pain diminishes.