RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) and Personal Injuries
RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) is a chronic and progressive neurological
ailment that affects the bones, joints, muscles and skin. Also called
“Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), RSD is, in simple terms,
a soft tissue or nerve injury that deviates from ideal healing patterns.
In most cases, RSD appears after an injury, such as a broken bone or surgery.
Under the right circumstances, the victim cannot name an inciting event
(when the injury happened). According to medical research, RSD is not
linked to the severity of the initial injury; it can develop after minor
accidents and strain, such as a sprain. RSD simply occurs when the nerves
develop atypical functions after the injury.
How to Identify RSD
RSD is a painful condition. Pain can start in one location, such as a limb,
and spread to other portions of the body. If you sustained a soft tissue
injury, look out for these symptoms during the healing process:
- Excessive Sweating
- Burning Pain
Types of RSD: CRPS Type I and CRPS Type II
CRPS Type I - Type I occurs when the injury is not known. In other words, the nerve damage
cannot be identified immediately following the trauma. After the accident,
pain develops that would typically not follow such an injury. This includes
increased sensitivity and changes in skin / blood flow. Type one is also
identifiable by abnormal sweating near the site of the injury.
CRPS Type II – Type II occurs after a major nerve injury. Unlike Type I, Type
II is immediately linked to the harmful event (injury). The symptoms of
Type II are similar to Type I and include changes in temperature near
the site of the injury, abnormal sweating, and changes in blood flow,
which affects skin coloration. About 65% of Type II cases are linked to
nerve injuries such as burns and sprains.
What Causes RSD / CRPS?
A variety of serious health risks are linked to RSD / CRPS. These conditions
arise when the motor, immune, and nervous systems are affected by the
accident. Causation may include:
- Spinal Cord Injuries and disorders
- Trauma (broken bones or serious injuries)
- Radiation Therapy
- Paralysis Injuries
- Repetitive motion disorders (carpal tunnel syndrome)
Your Rights After a Personal Injury in Tampa
If you suffered an injury and subsequent medical complications such as
RSD, speak with a
Tampa personal injury lawyer today. RSD can lead to serious medical problems and expenses, and may
prolong or halt the healing process after an injury. At Darrigo, Diaz
& Jimenez, our team can help you seek full compensation for your damages,
including future and past medical expenses linked to your RSD. For a
free, no-obligation legal consultation, call our office today. You don’t pay us unless we win your case.