RSD or reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome is a rare disorder affecting the sympathetic nervous system. Although it can affect any part of the body, RSD in the leg is common.
What happens in RSD?
Symptoms of RSD
There is no specific method for detecting RSD, making it challenging to diagnose. The methods used by physicians to diagnose the syndrome are meant to rule out other conditions.
To help them diagnose the condition, physicians conduct a thorough physical examination and may do one or a combination of these: bone scans, X-rays, skin sensitivity tests, MRI scan, nerve conduction studies, and thermography.
Managing RSD in the Legs
RSD in the legs can be managed in different ways. It can be through medications (antihypertensive, nerve pain drugs, muscle relaxant), therapy (biofeedback, physical therapy), a medical procedure (nerve block), and self-care.
The management plan for RSD will depend on the severity of one's condition. Mild cases can be managed through self-care methods such as the use of compression garments.
The use of compression garments can be helpful as it can help in alleviating the swelling and pain associated with the syndrome.
If you have RSD in the legs, Bioflect Therapy Garments can help. We have a wide range of compression garments that can help manage your symptoms such as pain and skin swelling.
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