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RSD Article # 6

The following article RSDS-Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome was published in the medical journal Clinical Management. Vol 9, No.1.

This article was authored by Ellen G. Wattay, Ph.D., PT.

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RSD Article #6

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome

By: Ellen G. Wattay, Ph.D., PT

Physicians are becoming more familiar with the symptoms of reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSDS), but there are still many health care professionals who, when they see no objective signs of tissue injury or believe that a patient has had adequate medical and therapeutic intervention but still complains of pain, tell the patient that nothing further can be done. If a patient reports one or a variety of seemingly bizarre symptoms of swelling, temperature changes in the involved region, burning pain, muscle pain, or spasm limiting motor function, atrophy, and skin changes in the area concerned, he or she too often is dismissed as having a psychological problem. The patient is told to see a psychiatrist or that “you must learn to live with it” but is not told how.

Ellen G. Wattay, PhD, P.T. RSDS-Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome, Clinical Management, Vol. 9:   (1) 28-29.