Understanding Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD/CRPS) and its Treatment.
If you’ve ever injured your arm or leg, you’ll be familiar with the sharp, often agonizing pain of the initial damage, which then becomes more of a burning sensation. The two kinds of pain originate from separate parts of your nervous system; the sharp pain from the fast pain fibers, and then the burning pain from the sympathetic nerve fibers. As the initial pain starts to ease and healing begins, the injury will be tender and feel bruised, but the initial sharp and burning pain should subside. If the burning sensation carries on, however, it could be due to Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), which is also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).