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Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
By: IHI
12.18.14 Thursday
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Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, or RSD, is a condition that produces burning pain, discoloration of the affected area, stiffness, sweating and swelling. If not treated, it can result in chronic stiffness or loss of use of the affected area. RSD can occur after an illness or injury that doesn’t directly affect or damage the nerves of the affected limb. It can follow a fracture, injury to the nerves or blood vessels or surgery. Some other known causes included cancer, infection, neck disorders, stroke, and pressure on a nerve or a heart attack. Symptoms of reflex sympathetic dystrophy include: Pain and swelling
  • Sensitivity to the touch
  • Continuous throbbing or burning, typically in your arm, hand , leg or foot
  • Changes in skin temperature and texture
  • Joint stiffness
  • Muscle spasms
If you experience these symptoms, or have constant, severe pain in a limb, where even touching it is painful, schedule an appointment with a medical professional at the Idaho Hand Institute. It’s important to treat Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy early for the most affective and positive outcome. For more information, please contact the Idaho Hand Institute at (208) 235-4263 or at any of our four locations: Pocatello, Blackfoot and Soda Springs and our newest location in Idaho Falls (Mountain Falls Quick Care Clinic at 1995 E 17th St #1, Idaho Falls, ID 83404).
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