317 St. Francis Dr. Suite 350
Greenville, SC 29601

317 St. Francis Dr.
Suite 350
Greenville, SC 29601
Tel: 1-864-235-1834, Fax: 1-864-235-2486

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I Have RSD, but It Does Not Have Me

When you sprain an ankle, first you feel a sharp electric pain, and then you feel a burning pain. The sharp pain comes from the fast sensory pain fiber, and the slow onset, longer lasting burning pain is transmitted by the sympathetic nerve fiber. Normally, the burning pain stops over time. If it does not, you may have something referred to as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)-also called chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

What is RSD?

RSD is a chronic pain syndrome of the sympathetic nervous system. It usually follows an identifiable event, such as a fracture, torn ligament or crush injury. There are different levels of sympathetic pain and RSD/CRPS is classically reserved for the most severe forms but both erms are used loosely to help describe a wide array of cold or weather sensitive pain syndromes.

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Reduce Pain For Fibromyalgia and RSD/CRPS

There are many options available to reduce pain for Fibromyalgia and RSD/CRPS (reflex sympathetic dystrophy and complex regional pain syndrome).    Each of these conditions share a common feature: the sympathetic nervous system does not properly regulate itself.  As a result symptoms such as weather sensitive pain, paint to light touch, and bowel and bladder irregularity can occur.   Fortunately there are many treatment options that address the root cause that can provide relief.   And they don’t have to include becoming addicted to or dependent upon medications.   While these conditions are curable they are manageable.   With time and consistent effort quality of life can and does improve.   Learn more about Fibromyalgia and RSD/CRPS at piedmontpmr.com.

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Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)/Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) Relief

There are options for Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) – Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) Relief.  At Piedmont Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, PA in Greenville, South Carolina we take a unique approach to the diagnosis and treatment of CRPS/RSD.   Most offices diagnosis CRPS/RSD based upon relief response to sympathetic block and then focus on symptomatic treatment such as opiates and spinal pumps.  Some more aggressive places also employ IV Ketamine, a psychotropic intended to create amnesia in surgical patients, as it has some unique chemical properties that actually addresses underlying pathology.   In the case of Ketamine however this comes at a cost: in some cases long term brain impairment has occurred.  In Greenville, at Piedmont Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, PA we prefer to both do no harm and to address the root cause of disease rather than just trying to cover up symptoms.   We make use of medical thermal imaging to map and help identify the type and distribution of sympathetic dysfunction and to provide insight into what is generating the aberrant response.   Having accomplished that we can then tailor a treatment program that is intended to provide relief and either reverse disease or retard its progression.  Learn more about CRPS/RSD at piedmontpmr.com.

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