Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy


What is Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy?

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy sometime also known as Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a condition of intense burning pain, stiffness, swelling, and discoloration that most often affects the hands.

2 Type of CRPS:

  • Occurs after an illness or injury that did not directly damage a nerve in the affected area
  • A distinct nerve injury


Symptoms of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

Stage 1: Acute
Three to six month of burning, flushing, blanching, sweating, swelling, pain, and tenderness. This stage can show early x- ray changes of patchy bone thinning.

Stage 2: Dystrophic
Three to Six month of skin changes of shiny, thickened skin and contracture with persistent pain, but diminished swelling and flushing

Stage 3: Atrophic:
Loss of motion and function of the involved hand or foot with contracture (flexed scarring process), thinning of the fatty layers under the skin. X-ray can show significant osteoporosis.

Causes of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy


Treatment for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy


Self-Diagnose can bring more harm than treating it. It is good to know more about the injury but definitely not to the point of self-treatment. It will be much safer to get treated by Our Doctor, for more information or to book an appointment with Singapore Sports and Orthopaedic Clinic, you can call (+65) 6475 8011, the hotline is open 24 hours. You may also send us an enquiry for appointment.

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