NSI’s Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Therapy Centers
If you suffer from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) or have received an RSD diagnosis (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy), no explanation is needed as an introduction to this debilitating condition. But for many of those who have just recently been diagnosed, and those who are hearing about it for the first time, complex regional pain syndrome may be a mystery. NSI Stem Cell aims to remove the mystery and bring greater awareness about this chronic disease to the general public.
NSI Stem Cell centers, which are, among other things, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy centers, specialize in FDA guidelines-compliant regenerative medical techniques such as stem cell therapy and platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapies. The same regenerative therapies NSI already successfully applies to a growing list of illnesses, disorders, and chronic conditions — both physical (such as diabetes) and neurological (such as multiple sclerosis) — are now being focused on helping patients with RSD CRPS therapy.
Read on to learn more about complex regional pain syndrome treatment and how stem cell therapy for pain management may help you manage the symptoms that accompany CRPS Type 1 and CRPS Type 2.
What Is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?
CRPS is also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD). And what is RSD? It is a chronic pain syndrome that most commonly affects a single limb, either an arm or a leg, or one hand or foot. The onset of CRPS generally occurs after someone has sustained injury or trauma to the limb or affected area. A primary symptom of complex regional pain syndrome is pain far more severe than the original injury or trauma should have created. Other symptoms include fluctuations in skin coloring and body temperature and may also be accompanied by swelling within the injured or traumatized region. These changes can shift from mildly apparent to dramatically on the rise. RSD treatment seeks to help alleviate these symptoms, with one option being stem cell therapy for pain management.
While the root cause of complex regional pain syndrome remains elusive, it is strongly thought to be the result of damage to, or the malfunctioning of, the peripheral and central nervous systems.
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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome & The Nervous Systems
The body’s two nervous systems are centered on the spinal cord (peripheral) and the brain (central). The spinal cord nerve network acts as a kind of highway, transporting the signals from the brain to the rest of the body. The spinal cord also sends information about the body back to the brain. Both the central and peripheral nervous systems play a fundamental role in complex regional pain syndrome.
The Types Of CRPS
There are two types of CRPS — Type 1 and Type 2.
CRPS-1 is the more elusive of the two types. It arises even though nerve injuries, in most cases, cannot be located and established.
CRPS-2, once referred to as Causalgia, is the type in which injury to a nerve, or nerves, can be located.
Symptoms of both types of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) fluctuate in severity level and duration. While some sufferers of CRPS may experience milder symptoms that fade gradually, many people who must live with CRPS do not experience recovery and are forced to live with long-term debilitating pain. For these patients, RSD CRPS therapy is crucial if they are to regain their quality of life. Fortunately, today researchers are learning how to treat CRPS naturally. Better RSD treatment and CRPS treatment will help people further manage this pain syndrome.
How Regenerative Medicine Help Reduce Symptoms of CRPS/RSD
Prior to advancements in regenerative medicine, the only hope for some level of relief for complex regional pain syndrome relied on physical therapy, medications (either oral or injectable), and — as a last resort — surgery, in some cases as radical as amputation.
However, regenerative techniques such as stem cell therapy for CRPS are revolutionizing how dealing with complex regional pain syndrome is approached. Over the past several decades, stem cell therapies have advanced exponentially, ushering in safe, effective, and ethical methods that have changed the face of a growing list of disease therapies. Today, diseases, injuries, and chronic disorders as varied as COPD, joint injury, arthritis, heart conditions, and multiple sclerosis are being helped through stem cell therapy.
As an FDA guidelines-compliant medical clinic, every NSI CRPS therapy center (every NSI Stem Cell center) uses only stem cells derived from the patient who is to receive therapy for CRPS. Stem cells are omnipotent packets of potential that circulate throughout the body and await chemical signaling to become whatever type of cell is needed for repair, regeneration, replication, or replacement. Regardless of the kind of cell, whether it is adipose (fat) or bone marrow-derived, stem cells become whatever is needed. Stem cells not only restore tissue, muscles, and brain matter; they also combat inflammation and disease. Their adaptability makes them perfect for use in complex regional pain syndrome treatment, including stem cell therapy for pain as well as stem cell therapy for neuropathy.
Unfortunately, patients can’t just take some sort of stem cell pills to see results. However, the stem cell harvesting technique at an NSI CRPS therapy center is minimally invasive and done on an outpatient basis. The body has an abundant store of stem cells suspended in the fatty layer that lies just below the skin. These are called adipose stem cells, and they plentiful, easily accessed, and a particularly potent type of stem cell.
If the patient chooses adipose therapy over bone marrow therapy for RSD, a small sample of fatty tissue is all that is needed. This sample is generally harvested from the patient’s thigh, hip, buttock, or abdomen using a local anesthetic. From start to finish, therapy for CRPS is done in a matter of hours. There is no risk of the body rejecting the therapy since the stem cells are the patient’s own. And there is no post-procedure recovery time required.
Who Are The Most Likely Candidates To Get Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?
Complex regional pain syndrome can affect all ages, genders, and races. However, it is more commonly found in women and, on average, arises in people of approximately forty years of age. People in their senior years rarely exhibit CRPS/RSD, and children five years old and under don’t suffer from it. Though it can appear in children after the age of five, it is exceptionally unusual to see it before a child reaches ten years old. However, complex regional pain syndrome/reflex sympathetic dystrophy does appear in teens. If you have a history of any of the symptoms found below, call one of our CRPS therapy centers (an NSI Stem Center) today for a no cost consult. We know how to treat CRPS naturally.
A More Detailed Look At CRPS/RSD Symptoms
Our adipose(fat)-derived and bone marrow-derived stem cell therapies for CRPS/RSD conditions are an innovative therapy practiced in the United States that is safe and effective.* Protracted pain is primary among the symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome/reflex sympathetic dystrophy. For many, the pain is severe enough to create disability. It can be experienced in a number of ways: as a sharp, painful prickling like being stabbed with needles, as an intense, fiery, burning, or as a debilitating, intense, pressure as though an arm or leg were being squeezed in a vise-like grip. RSD is also found among joint pain causes.
The painful sensation frequently spreads throughout the limb. This is often true even if the original injury or trauma was strictly limited to one of the toes or fingers. In some cases, the pain travels into the opposing leg or arm. Allodynia, which is an extreme and often painful sensitivity to even the lightest of touches by a person or from brushing against an object, can also be present.
Complex regional pain syndrome can also present as irregular circulation if nerves associated with blood flow and the regulation of body temperature have been damaged. This results not only in fluctuations of body temperature but can also cause:
- Mottling in skin tone
- Changes in skin texture
- Paleness, reddening, bluish or purplish color in the affected limb
- Extensive swelling in the affected limb
Examples of other symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome include:
- Atypical sweating within the affected area of CRPS/RDS
- A change in the pattern of hair, finger, or toenail growth
- Joint stiffness in the area related to complex regional pain syndrome
- Poor coordination of, or irregular muscular movements and/or limited capacity in moving the limb(s) affected by CRPS
Seeking The Cause Of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/ Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
Presently, the exact reason why CRPS develops is unknown, though over 90% of all complex regional pain syndrome occurrences show clear connections to injuries or traumas. These can include a variety of injuries, both serious and apparently minor, such as a fracture, sprain or strain, or a burn, cut, or bruise. They can also include a prolonged restricted movement of a limb, such as when confined to a cast. Even a medical procedure, sometimes as seemingly minor as being stuck by a needle, can be linked to CRPS.
The point is that complex regional pain syndrome/reflex sympathetic dystrophy is an atypical response from the body, magnifying the effect of injuries or traumas. In some ways, it can be thought of in the same light as allergies: one person’s body might react in the extreme to a triggering event, while that same event will have no abnormal effect on another.
When the injury or trauma involves the peripheral nervous system, complex regional pain syndrome generally involves smaller unmyelinated and thinly myelinated nerve fibers. Myelination is a natural process of the nervous system. A myelin sheath forms around certain types of nerves, though other types of nerves don’t have this sheath. The myelin sheath allows quicker, more efficient transmission of nerve impulses, such as the messaging of pain and signaling blood vessels.
When injuries occur to minute peripheral nervous system fibers that are involved in communicating with blood vessels, they might bring on symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome. Molecular secretions at the end of an agitated, wounded nerve fiber are believed to add to the effects of irritation and any abnormality that has occurred to affected blood vessels. This in turn triggers abnormalities in neurological functioning within the spinal cord and, ultimately, the brain. This can lead to multifaceted disorders of the brain’s cortex.
Besides chronic or extreme nerve pain, CRPS can also cause blood vessel dilation as well as the leaking of blood fluids into tissues that surround the vessels. This causes the skin to redden and swell. It also risks oxygen and nutrient starvation to muscle and deep tissue, triggering pain and injury to joints.
In other cases, complex regional pain syndrome/reflex sympathetic dystrophy causes the opposite effect. Blood vessels can become constricted, yet another way to cause oxygen and nutrient starvation to the surrounding tissue. The skin can become icy and take on a whitened or blue cast. At the core of these conditions through various CRPS stages is the damage done to the small fibers of the nervous system.
Complex regional pain syndrome can affect the body’s immune system as well. Within the tissue of CRPS sufferers are found extreme amounts of cytokines that are chemical inflammatories. Cytokines are contributing factors to the red, swollen, heated effects experienced by numerous people diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome. Indeed, CRPS/RSD occurs more commonly among people who already suffer from diseases and disorders that involve inflammatory or autoimmune symptoms — such as asthmatics or those with Lupus.
Though the data is limited, it provides some suggestion that an inclination toward complex regional pain syndrome may be hereditary. While they are rare, there are reports of family clusters that exhibit complex regional pain syndrome/reflex sympathetic dystrophy.
On occasion, complex regional pain syndrome may develop even though no injuries are evident. However, it is possible that in these cases the injuries may be internal. Infections, vascular problems, or nerve compression syndrome (also known as compression neuropathy) may be causes of CRPS/RSD.
In any case, thorough, thoughtful examinations are required for determining CRPS causes. It’s not uncommon for there to be multiple sources for complex regional pain syndrome, the various factors working together to produce the disease.
For all of these reasons and more, stem cell therapy as provided at NSI’s CRPS therapy centers (NSI Stem Cell centers) is emerging as the most advanced and effective therapy option for CRPS/RSD.
Diagnosing Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Diagnosing complex regional pain syndrome is necessarily a complex, rigorous process as CRPS/RSD shares many markers common to other diseases. In addition to diagnosing CRPS, testing rules out a host of similar conditions such as Lyme disease, types of arthritis, muscular disorders, vein clots, or neuropathy. While all of these conditions can also be helped through stem cell therapy, such as stem cell therapy for neuropathy or stem cell therapy for back pain, a sound diagnosis of CRPS helps NSI’s complex regional pain syndrome therapy centers (NSI Stem Cell centers) tailor stem cell therapies to the patient’s best possible advantage, making CRPS treatment more effective.*
Prognosis For Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Therapy Through Stem Cell Therapy
The therapy used to address complex regional pain syndrome through stem cell application is one of the great advancements of the regenerative medicine field. Not long ago, doctors had no idea how to treat CRPS naturally, but now regenerative stem cell therapy is changing the face of modern medicine, not just regarding CRPS/RSD, but for an ever-growing list of injuries, diseases and disorders, whether physical or neurological. Today’s stem cell therapies at NSI Stem Cell (NSI’s CRPS therapy centers) have developed exponentially as safe, effective, and fully ethical techniques for dealing with an extensive array of conditions, both neuropathic and otherwise. Stem cell therapy for complex regional pain syndrome is a natural extension of these developments.
NSI Stem Cell Centers are FDA guidelines-compliant medical clinics that help patients exclusively with their own stem cells. These stem cells become the types of cells the body needs in repairing, regenerating, replicating or replacing compromised portions of itself. In the case of complex regional pain syndrome/ reflex sympathetic dystrophy, the stem cells target the rebuilding of myelin sheaths, repair damage to tissue, and reduce inflammation, among other therapeutic functions.
What Ongoing Studies Tell Us About Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
NINDS (National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke) is an arm of the National Institutes of Health. Since complex regional pain syndrome affects the peripheral and central nervous systems, CRPS/RSD is one of their interests.
Their studies have taught the medical community in general, and the regenerative medical field in particular, that the inflammatory response associated with complex regional pain syndrome/reflex sympathetic dystrophy is enabled by the CRPS sufferer’s own immune responses. This knowledge is a boon to regenerative medical therapies since methods such as stem cell therapy can directly address diseases that affect the immune system.
For example: injury to an arm or leg such as a bone fracture that is then set in a cast can commonly cause complex regional pain syndrome. For some people, the inflammatory response to injuries and traumas requiring immobilization for extended periods of time becomes exaggerated, resulting in CRPS. Stem cell medicine is uniquely suited to address not just physical injury and illness but also autoimmune and neurological conditions such as complex regional pain syndrome.
Of course, as we have already learned, long-term immobilization of an injury is not the sole reason people suffer from CRPS/RSD. But regardless of the event that triggers complex regional pain syndrome, adipose and bone marrow stem cell therapy have the power to relieve, regenerate, and repair at the cellular level.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Therapy At NSI Stem Cell Centers
Adipose stem cell therapy for chronic conditions such as complex regional pain syndrome is the focus of NSI Stem Cell centers. Because regenerative medicine is our sole practice, our experience is second to none. With our FDA guidelines-compliant therapies, there is no need to leave the United States in search of these safe, effective, and advanced procedures. Is chronic pain a disability in your life? We can address your pain management needs.
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* Disclaimer: Individual patient results may vary. As each patient’s problem is different, each therapy option must be tailored around your specific needs.