If you are suffering from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or Reflex Sympathetic Dystophy as a result of a work-related injury or accident in Pennsylvania, call experienced CRPS and RSD lawyer, Michael W. Cardamone directly at 215-206-9068 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a free and comprehensive consult.
What is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome? It is a chronic pain condition that can affect any area of the body, but often affects an arm or a leg. (PubMed Health). Doctors aren’t sure what causes it. In certain people, the sympathetic nervous system can play a role in the pain, whereas in other cases CRPS is triggered in the immune system which then leads to discoloration, temperature changes, and swelling in the affected area.
There are two types of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome- Type 1 formerly known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy and Type 2 formerly known as causalgia.
The symptoms are different in each case. I’ve had clients with no discoloration but with swelling and intense pain. In other cases, my clients have experienced abnormal hair growth patterns and temperature changes but no swelling. The symptoms of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome can migrate to the opposite limb or other body parts. It often worsens over time. Dealing with these extraordinary diagnoses often leads to anxiety and depression.
There is a significant amount of litigation in Pennsylvania Work Comp cases regarding CRPS and RSD. Why? Well, doctors don’t often agree on what set of symptoms must manifest in order for the diagnosis to be made. Another area of dispute is how to treat it once it is diagnosed. Some CRPS and RSD doctors will try ketamine infusions and blocks and others will prescribe medications and activity modification. It is certainly a very contentious area of medicine which spills into our PA Work Comp landscape, as well as the personal injury world.
If you need an experienced Philadelphia, PA attorney who has litigated and won CRPS and RSD cases in Pennsylvania, call or email me 7 days a week. I have deposed many doctors on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and RSD issues, have studied the medicine, and have won many cases involving these diagnoses. These cases tend to be quite significant and experience can play a pivotal role.
Below is a link to the Mayo Clinic’s discussion of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome for your convenience: