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Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

If you or your loved one suffered from reflex sympathetic dystrophy, contact us for a free consultation.

Reflex Sympathetic dystrophy is a condition that causes atrophy of the leg or arm muscles. It may result in total or partial disability.

Damages for pain and suffering, past loss of income, past cost of care, future loss of income and future cost of care may be awarded in cases of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy.

Reports from family physicians, neurologists, physiatrists, occupational therapists, vocational consultants, economists, and other specialists are required to establish full recovery in cases of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy.


Reflex sympathetic dystrophy, or RSD, is a condition that is characterized by pain, tenderness, skin changes, and bone demineralization in an affected upper or lower extremity. A precipitating event occurs in approximately 2/3 of all reflex sympathetic dystrophy cases. There are usually three stages to this condition:

Early Stage:

Symptoms include aching and burning, edema, and increased sweating of the affected extremity. This stage occurs weeks to months after the precipitating event.

Second Stage:

Skin appears cold and glossy. At this stage there is evidence of bond loss on x-ray.

Third Stage:

Atrophy of the muscles occurs and joint contractures develop.

Treatment of reflex sympathetic dystrophy includes stretching, strengthening, steroids, and nerve blocks.