Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), is a crippling illness that causes intense pain in the feet, hands, and other extremities. RSD/CRPS often occurs after major accidents, such as a motor vehicle accident or a work-related accident where the traumatic injury causes damage to the nervous system or neurological system.
This chronic and progressive disease continues to affect millions of people every day. In spite of that, it is a very misunderstood disease with often complicated treatments and chronic, persistent symptoms. If you suffer from RSD/CRPS due to a work-related accident or injury, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact the Indianapolis work injury attorneys at Wagner Reese to learn more about your legal options.
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RSD is most commonly caused by traumatic head injury, but other causes are damaged nerves, injured extremities, and infections. CRPS has three stages and typically worsens over time. A doctor can diagnose CRPS through several methods—checking temperature and blood supply in the affected body part, bone scans, x-rays, and nerve conduction study.
Victims of RSD or CRPS will have chronic pain and may suffer from any of the following symptoms, including but not limited to:
Treatments for RSD include the TENS (transcutaneous electrical stimulation) surgical sympathectomy, chemical sympathectomy, psychotherapy, physical therapy, and drug treatments. The AAOS advises that early treatment is beneficial to RSD/CRPS and that it is important for patients to understand that the pain is not imaginary or simply “in their heads.”
If you are suffering from RSD, don’t fight through this yourself. Give the work injury lawyers of Wagner Reese a call and let an experienced law firm help you fight for the money you deserve to compensate for your medical expenses and help you live a normal life with successfully managed RSD. With more than 150+ years of combined legal experience, our work injury lawyers in Indianapolis have the resources, skill, and in-depth knowledge needed to aggressively advocate for you. Our team can come to you if your injuries prevent you from making it to our office.
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