What Hospitals Specialize in the Treatment of RSD?


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The Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals Case Medical Center and the International Research Foundation for RSD/CRPS offer patients specialized programs to help manage reflex sympathetic dystrophy. Complex regional pain syndrome, or CRPS, is the current term for the condition formerly called reflex sympathetic dystrophy, or RSD.

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The Cleveland Clinic maintains several pain management centers that use individualized, interdisciplinary approaches to treat CRPS. The centers use modern laboratory diagnostic tools and innovative procedures to diagnose and manage pain associated with CRPS.

University Hospitals Case Medical Center focuses treatment on the rehabilitation of limbs affected by CRPS. Doctors use physical and occupational therapy to maintain limb function, but also employ interventional procedures when such therapy produces disabling pain. Case Medical Center provides psychological support for patients who experience mood disorders that result from chronic pain. The pain medicine clinic meets twice a month to collect patient data to support ongoing research efforts.

The International Research Foundation for RSD/CRPS is the first medical organization in the world devoted exclusively to the study of CRPS. The foundation educates doctors, conducts research and treats patients with therapies, such as a three-day infusion of IV ketamine, which is not a commonly accessible treatment in the United States. Children with CRPS receive treatments from the foundation that are not available anywhere else. The foundation offers free follow-up evaluations to patients engaged in research efforts.

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