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What is rsd and carpal tunnel?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Reflex Sympathetic

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (rsd) is characterized by a group of symptoms including pain (often "burning" type), tenderness, and swelling of an extremity associated with varying degrees of sweating, warmth and/or coolness, flushing, discoloration, and shiny skin.
Carpel tunnelcarpal tunnel syndrome is an entrapment median neuropathy, causing paresthesia, pain, numbness and weakness of the hand.

In brief: Reflex Sympathetic

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (rsd) is characterized by a group of symptoms including pain (often "burning" type), tenderness, and swelling of an extremity associated with varying degrees of sweating, warmth and/or coolness, flushing, discoloration, and shiny skin.
Carpel tunnelcarpal tunnel syndrome is an entrapment median neuropathy, causing paresthesia, pain, numbness and weakness of the hand.
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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Dr. Stephen Rodrigues
Key points are nerve damage/stress/compression/entrapment in CTS it is in the wrist or forearm in RSD it might be in the neck or collar. In the 50s Travell, MD a pain pioneer concluded that chronic tissue pain was caused by numerous trigger points in muscle fibers causing the muscles to contract compressing nerves, vessels and alter the flow of lymphatics. RDS develops from this myofascial dz. Early therapy is the key with myofascial release therapy with massage, tissue therapy, trigger pt injs w lidocaine and acupuncture.
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
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In brief: 2 different things

Rsd is a poorly understood condition associated with injury to a limb.
The limb becomes very painful, hot, red with increased sweating. The cause is not known. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve in the wrist. The symptoms are aching pain in the hand, numbness and tingling in the thumb, index and middle finger. Treatment varies from pt, injections, splints, surgery.

In brief: 2 different things

Rsd is a poorly understood condition associated with injury to a limb.
The limb becomes very painful, hot, red with increased sweating. The cause is not known. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve in the wrist. The symptoms are aching pain in the hand, numbness and tingling in the thumb, index and middle finger. Treatment varies from pt, injections, splints, surgery.
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Dr. Stephen Rodrigues
Key points are nerve damage/stress/compression/entrapment in CTS it is in the wrist or forearm in RSD it might be in the neck or collar. In the 50s Travell, MD a pain pioneer concluded that chronic tissue pain was caused by numerous trigger points in muscle fibers causing the muscles to contract compressing nerves, vessels and alter the flow of lymphatics. RDS develops from this myofascial dz. Early therapy is the key with myofascial release therapy with massage, tissue therapy, trigger pt injs w lidocaine and acupuncture.
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