Survey Evaluates Difficulties in Diagnosing RSD
By Rachel E. Montes posted in RSD: Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy on Sunday, June 28, 2009
Those who suffer from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) know how debilitating, painful and mysterious this condition is. As the attached survey details, RSD is commonly caused by injuries and more women than men tend to develop this condition.
In 1994, the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), after development of consensus by a group of pain medicine experts, suggested that the term complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) should replace reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) and causalgia-CRPS type 1 for RSD, and CRPS type 2 for causalgia. However, the IASP diagnostic criteria were never fully validated, and several pain specialists raised concerns about their clinical and scientific value. The criteria have poor diagnostic specificity and may result in overdiagnosis of CRPS.
If you or a loved one develop RSD as a result of being injured, you should contact an attorney to discuss your case. These cases tend to be very complex just like the disorder. Because RSD is difficult to treat and because the pain and physical limitations that pain causes, people who develop RSD often tend to incur substantial medical bills and to be unable to work for extended periods of time. Call Rachel Montes or Tom Herald at (214) 522-9401 for a free, no obligation case review. Our offices are located in Las Colinas (Irving), Texas in the middle of the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex.