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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome / Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, involves abnormal nerve function which continues long after an injury and is often permanent. Most often affecting an arm or a leg, the condition causes excruciating pain and other sensory abnormalities. In severe cases, partial relief is only obtained through surgical implant of a “spinal column stimulator”. This month we offer some reading about this devastating condition:

About Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy:
https://www.mayoclinicproceedings.org/article/S0025-6196(11)62332-X/fulltext

As mentioned above, a common treatment for severe CRPS/RSD is to install a Spinal Cord Stimulator:
https://www.mfprac.com/web2018/07literature/…/SpinalCordStimulation_Kemler.pdf

One injury that is known to cause CRPS/RSD is a Brachial Plexus Injury:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/brachial-plexus-injury/symptoms-causes/syc-20350235