Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), or complex regional pain syndrome, is a chronic systematic disease that typically begins to affect a victims arm or leg and gradually spreads throughout the body. Symptoms of RSD include severe pain and swelling in affected areas and changes in skin tone and texture. Victims have described the pain as a burning sensation and 92 percent reported that the pain has spread to other parts of their body. Furthermore, 35 percent claim the pain has spread across their entire body. Individuals diagnosed with RSD should speak with a qualified Ohio workers comp attorney to learn about their legal options.
There is evidence to suggest that a variety of physical and psychological factors can cause or contribute to RSD. Medical experts list the following as causes and contributors to RSD:
Physicians will typically diagnose RSD by the observation of the symptoms we previously discussed. Doctors may test a potential victim’s blood, but they cannot diagnose RSD through blood work alone. The blood tests are more to look for conditions that contribute to RSD. If you believe you possibly have RSD, then consult with a physician as soon as possible.
Treatment for RSD is most effective when it is caught early on and before it spreads. Doctors and medical experts typically treat RSD with a combination of:
As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of treatment. If you catch the early symptoms of RSD and begin treatment, then you will be much better off than waiting for it to spread. If you work at a desk, then ask your employer for ergonomically modified equipment. Special keyboards, chairs, desks, monitors and even a foot mouse can prevent the repetitive daily motion associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. If you suffer from RSD or any other work-related illness or symptoms, then you may be eligible for workers comp. For more information, consult with a physician, and contact our Ohio work injury lawyers as soon as possible. Do not allow the condition to worsen by avoiding a doctor. Many conditions lead to permanent damage if left untreated.
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