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What are some new RSD treatments?

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As of 2015, new treatments for reflex sympathetic dystrophy, or RSD, include mirror box therapy, graded motor imagery, warm water therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, according to the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association. Treatment tends to be highly individualized and designed to increase movement and decrease pain.

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Other current therapies include nerve blocks, Calmare therapy, spinal cord simulator and steroids when the disease is acute, the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association states. One controversial treatment is prescribing opiates. Anticonvulsants and antidepressants are also current treatments.

Emerging treatments include low-dose naltrexone and Kinesio taping, explains the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association. A study underway investigates the effective use of bisphosphonates in RSD patients. The Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association offers a newsletter and email alerts for patients to keep informed of new treatment options.

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