Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Treatment Through Stem Cell Therapy
You may have heard it called by many names: Causalgia Syndrome, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Reflex Neurovascular Dystrophy, RSDS, among many others. And if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), these many names might only be adding to the confusion, along with various information found on online resources. Typical treatment includes a combination of diet, exercise, physical therapy and medication. But sometimes that isn’t enough to really combat the disease.
NSI Stem Centers in Florida, an advanced medical clinic specializing in regenerative medicine, would like to help clear up some of that confusion of RSD and its treatment, and point you in the right direction for effective Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy treatment through stem cell therapy.
What is RSD/RSDS Disease?
RSD, or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, is a neurological condition. Stem cell treatment has the ability to uniquely focus on the nerve damage at the core of RSD.* That’s why NSI is proud to offer Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) treatment to our ever-growing list of FDA guidelines-compliant, safe, effective therapies that range from injuries like those to the joints (foot, ankle, wrist, hip) to illnesses like heart conditions to disorders like Parkinson’s Disease.*
Furthermore, RSD is classified as a rare disorder by the United States Food and Drug Administration, and up to 200,00 individuals experience this condition in the United States.
Understanding Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
RSD is more commonly called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) in today’s medical community, though it’s still often referred to as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy to some. The rarity of RSD/CRPS often makes it difficult to diagnose, as there is no single diagnostic tool for RSD/CRPS. Doctors and physicians diagnose based on clinical examination, lab results and patient information and history. But the most predominant symptom is chronic, severe pain that is specific to a region of the body that has sustained an injury or trauma. Moreover, early diagnosis offers the highest probability of effective treatment.
Prior to regenerative medical techniques like stem cell therapy, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy treatment could only focus on the pain rather than the reason for the pain. The only hope for some level of relief was physical therapy, medications (either oral or injection), and –as a last resort- surgery; in some cases, as radical as amputation.
RSD/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is the result of an injury or trauma, such as to an arm or a leg, affecting the sympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system is involved in regulating involuntary functions like the need to increase heart rate, the constriction of blood vessels or an increase in blood pressure. In the case of RSD/CRPS, the sympathetic nervous system responds in an out-sized manner to the extent of the injury or trauma.
While the most common area of RSD/CRPS development tends to be the arm, it can also occur after injury or trauma to hands, fingers, legs, feet or hips. Symptoms generally begin slowly, presenting first as gradually progressing stiffness, aching, burning, muscle weakness, or a combination of these that worsen over time. But there are cases in which the symptoms of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy treatment come on quickly and with immediate force.
As such, symptoms of RSD often occur in 3 stages: acute (3-6 months), dystrophic (3-6 months) and atrophic (long-standing).
Other symptoms with RSD/CRPS include:
- Abnormal hair or nail growth
- Abnormal sweating of the affected area
- Abnormal skin color changes and skin temperature
- Symptoms can strengthen or weaken over time
RSD/CRPS is particularly prevalent in the arms, fingers, hands or the shoulder. But it can also occur after injury or trauma to the leg, knees or hips. Swelling and inflammation can also occur, as can extreme sensitivity to touch or to hot or cold. The arm or leg experiencing RSD/CRPS might exhibit unusual sweating and feel warm or feverish to the touch.
The severity of pain is greater than should be expected from the originating trauma. Painfulness can expand past the original site of injury, and it’s possible for the complete arm or leg to become affected over time, or for the symptoms to begin spreading into additional parts of the body. Painful hypersensitivity to the touch of clothes or bedding can become intense.
By and large, the progression of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy occurs within three to six months after injury or trauma. Painfulness intensifies and the ability to freely move the arm or leg can become limited. Muscular weakness is not uncommon at this point of RSD/CRPS’s progression. In additions, the skin at the area where RSD/CRPS presents can take on a paleness or bluish tone, as well as a “pitted” quality. The paleness or bluish tone is related to RSD/CRPS that particularly affects blood flow to the affected region.
There are recorded cases in which RSD/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) gradually fades away. Whether this is due to older, conventional Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy treatment is very difficult to pinpoint, since this can occasionally occur regardless of these methods. But RSD/CRPS can also cause a cascading effect in physical problems.
As painfulness becomes chronic and long term, muscles can exhibit uncontrolled tremors and spasms. As patients become less inclined or able to move normally and regularly, muscular atrophy can set in at the affected region, strength significantly reduces, and joints can “freeze” or fix in place; in some cases, permanently. Diminished bone mass can also occur, and lesions can affect the skin. Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy treatment through stem cell therapy goes directly to the source of the symptoms, reversing damage and helping to prevent the “cascade effect” that can lead to auxiliary health problems beyond RSD/CRPS.
It’s not unusual for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy to be misdiagnosed as standard nerve injury. But the precise reason that Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy develops in some people is still a mystery. What we do know is that, regardless of what the originating trigger may be, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy treatment has dramatically advanced through stem cell therapy.
What We Know And Why Stem Cell Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Treatment Works
While the precise reason that RSD/CRPS occurs is still being studied, it is understood that it results from nerve damage to the sympathetic nervous system. This is the reason that Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy symptoms can be so intense and chronic. A variety of originating injuries or traumas might trigger RSD/CRPS; from surgical procedures, to an infection, to radiation treatments, to the need for an injured limb to be immobilized for an extended time, to paralysis or other factors. Chronic conditions involving the spine, like spinal arthritis, can sometimes be linked with RSD/CRPS as well.
Injuries of every kind that happen to the body’s nervous systems have been notoriously difficult to treat with conventional methods. But, because of its very nature, stem cell therapy has revolutionized modern medical treatment, zeroing in on direct repair of nerve damage where once only pain management could be done. Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy treatment through stem cell therapy focuses on permanently repairing the damages at the root of chronic RSD/CRPS symptoms.
NSI’s Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Treatment Method
There was a time when harvesting stem cells could only be done through highly invasive, sometimes ethically controversial, procedures. Even after it was discovered that we all have adult stem cells circulating through our bodies throughout our lives harvesting these stem cells was largely done by drawing them directly from the bone marrow.
For many years now, however, a far less invasive and highly effective method of harvesting stem cells has revolutionized stem cell therapy: adipose stem cell harvesting. This method is exclusively practiced at NSI Stem Cell Centers. It is the basis of our treatment for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy.
The stem cells we all carry in our bodies are called mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). And a particularly abundant source of these can be found in the body’s fat stores; more so, even, than in bone marrow. Stored within the fatty (or adipose) tissue just below the skin, in areas like the abdomen, thighs, hips and buttocks, these adipose-derived MSC’s are also a highly potent type of stem cell. This makes our stem cell therapy used in treatment for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy very minimally invasive.
It also allows our Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) treatment using adipose-derived MSCs to be an out-patient process with little or no downtime after the procedure. With no need for major surgery, as with bone marrow extracted MSCs, adipose-derived procedures are non-invasive and require only a local anesthesia. NSI works exclusively with the patient’s own stem cells, eliminating any rejection concerns about our procedures.
Stem cells are omnipotent packets of potential that become whatever type of cell is needed for repair, regeneration, replication or replacement. Regardless of the kind of cell…skin, bone, organ, blood, nerve, neuron, muscle or cartilage…stem cells become whatever is needed. Stem cells not only restore tissue, muscles and brain matter; they also heal nerve damage and combat inflammation.*
This is exciting news on many levels for patients seeking Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) treatment. Not only is the harvesting of stem cells from a small sample of patients’ own fatty tissue from the abdomen, thighs or buttocks much easier on the patients than a bone marrow extraction, but stem cell therapy offers those suffering from RSD/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) a real solution in ending their pain and chronic symptoms.*
Where To Find Adipose-Derived Stem Cell Therapies
NSI Stem Cell Centers use FDA guidelines-compliant adipose-derived stem cell treatment exclusively for stem cell therapies, including our Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy treatment. We have a FREE brochure to help you learn more about the wide array of stem cell treatments already in our practice. Call (877) 278-3623 or click on our Contact Us page.