Chronic pain that develops after surgery, trauma, stroke, and other medical issues may be diagnosed as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), or complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Central Florida Pain Management offers innovative options for chronic pain management stemming from RSD and CRPS for residents of Ocala, The Villages, and the nearby areas of central Florida.
What is Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)?
RSD is a chronic condition that is not well understood, yet we do offer treatments to help reduce the pain. CRPS disease typically occurs in patients with a history of trauma, stroke, surgery or other triggering event, yet the pain is greatly exaggerated compared to the original episode. RSD nerve damage is a possible explanation for why patients experience this type of pain in the arms or legs.
What Are the Benefits of Treatment for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy?
RSD symptoms can be debilitating and affect your overall well-being and quality of life. With treatment, you may experience fewer RSD symptoms, and the episodes of chronic pain may emerge less often.
Am I a Candidate for Treatment of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy?
The RSD medical condition brings about a range of symptoms, and you may experience one or more of the recognizable symptoms. Complex regional pain syndrome symptoms may include:
- Stiff joints that may be accompanied by inflammation or damage inside the joint
- Skin color that appears mottled, bluish, white or reddish
- Throbbing or burning sensation in the feet, legs, hands or arms
- Muscle abnormalities, such as unexplained atrophy, spasms, tremors and weakness
- Being sensitive to touch or cold
- Loss of mobility and function in the affected area
How is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Treated?
What is Recovery Like After Treatment for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?
We have a very high success rate with helping residents of the Ocala area regain quality of life without the chronic pain of CRPS. We may recommend that you work with a physical therapist if muscle atrophy is noted during your examination.
What is the Prognosis After Treatment of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy?
RSD is often an evolving condition, so routine monitoring is important for your long-term prognosis. If your symptoms begin to appear after treatment, we will find the right intervention to keep the condition well-managed.
If you have been diagnosed with RSD/CRPS or notice complex regional pain syndrome symptoms in yourself or a loved one, we can help. Central Florida Pain Management specializes in advanced interventions for RSD/CRPS for residents of Ocala, The Villages, and the surrounding areas of central Florida. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Melissa Alvarez-Perez, M.D.