RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy), also known as CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome), is an extremely painful medical condition that can be difficult to diagnose. There are many people that develop this excruciating problem as a result of an injury sustained at work. Some are affected for a short while but others may be disabled permanently. There are approximately 7 million people per year affected by RSD in the United States.
Not only can RSD be extremely difficult to diagnose, it can be even more difficult to prove that you suffer from it as a result of your injury.
What exactly is RSD and how do you get it?
AboutRSD.com states that RSD “is a chronic progressive neurological condition that affects skin, muscles, joints, and bones. The syndrome usually develops in an injured limb, such as a broken leg. However, many cases of RSD involve only a minor, seemingly inconsequential injury, such as a sprain. And in some cases, no precipitating event can be identified.” Basically, it can develop from a minor or major injury, especially if your injury is not taken care of properly from the very beginning.
It is a mystery as to the exact reason RSD develops. However, some of the events that can actually trigger onset of RSD are quite known. Examples include:
• Major injury or trauma to a limb or extremity
• A minor sprain or pulled muscle
• Shoulder problems and complications
• RSD is not limited to injuries but can be linked to shingles, strokes, heart disease and even breast cancer.
What are some symptoms of RSD?
• Pain and extreme tenderness of an extremity.
• Possible discoloration of skin
• Light or extreme sweating
• A burning sensation
• Extreme cases are inability to walk or move properly
What types of treatment options are available for RSD?
Bottom line, treatment for RSD is more effective if you catch it early. If you wait too long, it can be very difficult to obtain relief from this excruciating problem. Below is a list of some of the types of treatment that may help.
• There are medicines for pain and especially the inflammation causing the pain
• If the case is not severe, a cool and moistened rag to apply to the affected area may help
• Sometimes doctors will prescribe high doses of prednisone
• Gradual exercise can offer temporary relief as well
• In severe cases, surgery may be required.
Can I receive workers compensation for suffering with CRPD?
Yes, many people have received compensation from suffering from RSD and from loss of wages. However, this can be a difficult case to prove.
Colorado work injury attorney R. Mack Babcock will be happy to speak with you about your problem. You need someone that knows exactly what questions to ask, what medical records to obtain and how to “dot every i and cross every t” in a case like this. We hope you are not suffering from the pain that RSD can bring, but if you are and believe you have not been compensated properly or at all for your problem, please give us a call.