What Is the Outlook for RSD Patients?

What causes RSD?

RSD, shoulder-hand syndrome or CRPS Type 1 may be triggered by trauma, from injuries to surgery to workplace accidents. The condition is not only extremely painful, but also exceptionally difficult to manage. Do you suffer from RSD as a result of a work-related injury? Do you want to say goodbye to all the frustrations that come with the process of filing for benefits? 

Do not go through it alone. Put your RSD case in the hands of the leading San Diego lawyers. If your RSD is the result of a workplace injury, we are here to help you file for workers compensation and benefits. We can also prepare you for Residual Functioning Assessment. But first, we will help you understand the intricacies of the workers compensation system and build your case in a time-efficient manner.

Here at Workers Compensation Attorney Group, we go above and beyond to ensure your rights are protected. RSD is a complex condition that requires great dedication on behalf of doctors and nurses, the legal team and the patient themselves. It also requires that immediate action be taken for the purpose of treatment. Only then can the patients expect a more favorable outcome.

What causes RSD?

Some experts believe that a problem with the sympathetic nervous system is the cause of the condition, while others disagree. More often than not, RSD is the result of trauma to the extremities, from sprains and fractures to surgery. 

Evidence based on scientific studies suggest that psychological factors may have a role to play in the recovery process. For instance, patients with high anxiety levels or under great emotional stress tend to experience higher pain intensity.

How painful is RSD?

According to the McGill Pain Index scale, the pain resulting from RSD ranks the highest. Aside from extreme pain in the extremities caused by RSD, you may experience the following symptoms:

  • Burning
  • Swelling
  • Fluctuating skin temperature
  • Discoloration of the skin
  • Sensitivity to cold or sensitivity to touch
  • Stiffness of joints
  • Other symptoms

Is RSD curable?

As a chronic condition, RSD is not only incurable, but also difficult to diagnose, treat and manage. To make matters worse, not all physicians are competent enough to treat the condition. Still, it is possible to reduce or eliminate the symptoms. 

If you or a loved one are in this situation, seek the assistance of qualified medical specialists with experience in the area, as well as the professional assistance of our highly experienced RSD lawyers. Starting treatment at the onset of the disease and during the initial stage maximizes the chances of keeping the condition under control. 

Is RSD life-threatening?

How painful is RSD?

The condition is not life-threatening in and of itself, however, in rare cases it can lead to life-threatening infections. Although expert physicians have abandoned the practice of amputation in case of RSD, this dreadful scenario is not impossible, for instance, in the case of gangrene. 

Get the assistance of legal professionals specializing in RSD cases

RSD is a condition that may make it impossible for the patient to work, regardless of their occupation. For instance, if your upper extremities have been most affected by RSD shoulder and hand range of motion is likely to be limited and movement will cause pain.

We are here to help you find balance in life by making living with RSD more bearable. The benefits you can apply for on account of your RSD diagnosis can help ease the financial burden of managing the pain and being unable to work while having to pay for medical bills. 

No one knows what the future holds, but in this life fraught with uncertainty, you have to fight to make the most of your precious time. Let us restore your faith in humanity and take the hassle away from your RSD work comp process. Call or visit our office in San Diego or Chula Vista today!