Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy


Reflex sympathetic dystrophy, also known as RSD or RSDS, is one of several pain syndromes better described collectively as complex regional pain syndromes, or CRPS. The description of CRPS dates back to the middle of the 19th century when Mitchell first described this condition in 1864. Mitchell coined the term causalgia, meaning burning pain. The most striking feature described by Mitchell was that the pain response to an injury seemed disproportional to the nature of the injury.

Please refer to our article on complex regional pain syndrome for further information on this subject.

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