Complex Regional Pain Syndrome RSD Video

Tim Canty, M.D.| Associate Director of Pain Management Staten Island University Hospital | Harvard Fellowship Trained and Board Certified in Pain Management Minimally Invasive Spine Pain Management Specialist.
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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome RSD Male: Is there a term complex regional pain syndrome? Tim Canty: Yes, so that is a newer term and it used to be known as RSD or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. What this is is a condition where someone may have an injury and then they develop a pain syndrome that may be out of proportion to the original injury. It usually has specific signs and symptoms. It may result in some skin changes, color changes and usually typical quality of the pain that’s consistent with the syndrome. They really need to come see a pain manager physician early on in the process to try to get some relief. It involves a lot of desensitization, physical therapy and mobilization of the joint to try to keep it from being contracted. So, typically people will do is they won't have to move the joint and you need to very early on mobilize that joint in order to maintain the movement of the joint. That is as far as what we would do, would involve some specific types of injections that can help relieve the pain and allow people to undergo the physical therapy necessary to keep that—

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