Seven RSD Questions Answered


Have Questions about RSD? NSI Stem Cell Has Answers

regional complex pain syndromeRSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) is known by many names: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), Causalgia, Sympathetic Maintained Pain (SMP), Regional Complex Pain Syndrome (RCPS) and Post Traumatic Dystrophy (PTD) to name only a few. This is clearly a part of why those who suffer from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy have a difficult time pinpointing exactly what it is that is upending their daily life.

But NSI Stem Cell Centers in Florida is here to help clear up some of the confusion by presenting a simplified FAQ that borrows from American RSD Hope, an organization that was active from approximately 1995 to 2016. NSI Stem Cell Centers are advanced medical clinics with extensive experience in regenerative treatment procedures.

Adding to NSI’s success in treating illnesses, injuries and disorders…from the day-to-day, like joint injuries to the knee or hip, to chronic diseases like Diabetes I and II, and profoundly crippling neurological disorders.* NSI now adds Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy to its growing list of safe, effective and advanced medical therapies.*

Seven Commonly Asked Questions About RSD

  1. Does RSD affect memory?

The simple answer is, yes. RSD affects short-term memory. This is because Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy can affect the functions of the brain’s limbic system. But the limbic system also regulates the retention of experiences and the expression of emotions. So RSD, also known as Regional Complex Pain Syndrome or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, can trigger depression, insomnia or other related issues.

Keep in mind, however, that certain medications can compound RSD memory and emotional problems. Seeking regenerative treatment options that effectively and safely reduces or fully removes a patient’s dependency on medication can go a long way in minimizing these common RSD sypmtoms.*

  1. Is RSD a condition that can spread in the body?

It certainly can. In fact, that’s one of main markers of the syndrome. In at least 70% of diagnosed cases of RSD, Regional Complex Pain Syndrome spreads to one degree or another along the affected limb, hand or foot. The pain and burning of RSD is also known to be “mirrored” in other parts of the body. Since RSD is a condition that affects the nerves, it can spread to and affect virtually any part of the body

  1. Do ice packs or hot compresses help the symptoms of RSD?

Most experts in Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy discourage the use of ice packs or heat compresses unless the symptoms of RSD are exceptionally severe. This is because, without very careful supervision by a medical professional well versed in Regional Complex Pain Syndrome, cold therapy can worsen the symptoms and pain. Cold packs may even cause RSD to progress more quickly. Too, the misuse of ice packs risks damaging nerves and their surrounding tissue.

Meanwhile, the practice of hot/cold contrast therapy also holds potential of nerve and tissue damage. What may work for a simple muscle sprain or strain is not the correct therapy for RSD. Keep in mind that RSD, while very real, is also a rare condition. Medical professionals and physical therapists who are not trained and experienced in treating RSD likely do not understand the underlying cause of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy.

  1. Can RSD affect the teeth?

In a secondary sense, yes. Regional Complex Pain Syndrome has been reported to cause chronic dry mouth. This, in turn, can cause the gums to recede, exposing teeth to vulnerability. Tooth cavitation can form and cold/hot sensitivity can occur. RSD, then, can lead to reluctance to get dental work done, as all of this can make dental visits painful.

  1. Is RSD a lifelong condition?

RSD varies from person to person. Many people struggle with Regional Complex Pain Syndrome all their lives. But RSD is also known to go into remission. Diagnosis sooner rather than later helps, but so does the right therapy. To date, regenerative medical treatments like stem cell therapies are showing exceptional results, since stem cell treatment directly addresses repair and regeneration of damaged nerves.* Stem cell therapy shows results in both new and advanced cases of RSD.*

  1. What is the difference between CRPS, RCPS, RSD and RSDS?

Most of the names used for RSD are fading into medical history (including, actually, RSD). However, the following are the most commonly used in contemporary medicine, in order to describe symptoms and the different ways the body is affected by Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy:

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Type I. This is becoming the preferred medical term for RSD. CRPS Type I generally results from a soft tissue injury like a burn, sprain, strain, or tear. Type I may also include minor nerve injuries.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Type II. This form of RSD has its origins in major nerve damage, such as to the central nervous system or the primary nerves of the limbs. CRPS Type II can generally be very clearly linked to this type of nerve injury.

  1. Where Can I Find a Doctor and Correct Treatment for my RSD?

A medical clinic that has extensive experience in pain management is a good choice. Advanced clinics like NSI Stem Cell Centers in Florida take pain management a large step further through regenerative procedures that focus on the direct cause of nerve and tissue damage and reversing that damage to bring about healing.* This is a method that goes to the core cause rather than only treating symptoms, thus effecting far better and long-term healing.*

NSI Stem Cell Centers have many adipose stem cell therapy options in practice and available to the public right now. Our medical staff is happy to answer any questions you have about our treatments and what we can do for RSD. We also have FREE brochure available with information on all our stem cell therapies. Call (877) 278-3628 or use our Contact Us Page.

What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic

When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves and spinal cord.

Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.

The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.


What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:

1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.

2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.

3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics

4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.

5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.

Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.

If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.

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* Disclaimer: Individual patient results may vary. As each patient’s problem is different, each treatment must be tailored around your specific needs.