Get Help with RSD – Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

Treatment Center in St. George, Utah

RSD or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy is not well understood in cause or treatment. The Bridge Recovery Center has had varying success with this debilitating condition. We use nutrition, acupuncture, traditional and non-traditional therapies to promote healing. We have taken several patients with severe RSD / CRPS that have recovered completely and we have taken one other patient that achieved marked improvement but still suffers from flare ups from time to time. Others may not be able to tell you where RSD / CRPS have come from or when it will go away, but like all syndromes your body understands details that others do not. Our work will include deeply involving mind body techniques to utilize your own internal resources to provide understanding and healing. If you suffer from this condition please call us and let us talk you through our treatment program and what you can expect. We would love to help!

What is RSD or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome also known as RSD is a condition where pain never goes away after an injury and even gets worse. The pain becomes a disease in its own right.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, is a chronic neurological syndrome characterized by:

  • severe burning pain
  • pathological changes in bone and skin
  • excessive sweating
  • tissue swelling
  • extreme sensitivity to touch

There are Two Types of CRPS – Type I and Type II

  • CRPS Type I (also referred to as RSD) – cases in which the nerve injury cannot be immediately identified
  • CRPS Type II (also referred to as Causalgia) – cases in which a distinct “major” nerve injury has occurred
  • CRPS is best described in terms of an injury to a nerve or soft tissue (e.g. broken bone) that does not follow the normal healing path
  • CRPS development does not appear to depend on the magnitude of the injury. The sympathetic nervous system seems to assume an abnormal function after an injury.
  • Since there is no single laboratory test to diagnose CRPS, the physician must assess and document both subjective complaints (medical history) and, if present, objective findings (physical examination).

Criteria for Diagnosing

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type I (RSD)

  • The presence of an initiating noxious event, or a cause of immobilization
  • Continuing pain, allodynia, or hyperalgesia with which the pain is disproportionate to any inciting event
  • Evidence at some time of edema, changes in skin blood flow (skin color changes, skin temperature changes more than 1.1°C difference from the homologous body part), or abnormal sudomotor activity in the region of the pain
  • This diagnosis is excluded by the existence of conditions that would otherwise account for the degree of pain and dysfunction
  • mplex Regional Pain Syndrome Type II (Causalgia)
  • The presence of continuing pain, allodynia, or hyperalgesia after a nerve injury, not necessarily limited to the distribution of the injured nerve
  • Evidence at some time of edema, changes in skin blood flow (skin color changes, skin temperature changes more than 1.1°C difference from the homologous body part), or abnormal sudomotor activity in the region of pain
  • This diagnosis is excluded by the existence of conditions that would otherwise account for the degree of pain and dysfunction.

We Help You Understand What’s Wrong

For you or someone you know that is living with a chronic pain, depression, anxiety, or any chronic illness, The Bridge Recovery Center is the relief treatment center you need. Our 3-week wellness retreat program in beautiful Southern Utah doesn’t feel like a rehabilitation clinic but rather provides the medical support needed for chronic illness, pain, depression, and anxiety in a home-like environment.

Patient Testimonials

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“For me, it was all about the magic and power of community. Being in this enlightened community, where everyone’s primary concern was with the well being of one another helped lift my spirits, and returned back to me a sense of inclusiveness and belonging that had been missing in my life. I can’t praise more the competence and professionality of both the staff and the practitioners. This is a place that really cares and delivers.”

Mark September 2016 Guest

“The Bridge is an experience that words can’t justify. The staff, as well as the providers, come together in a powerful way to create a place of wellness, safety, and life changes. You will come to the Bridge as a person you have become, but when you leave, with their guidance you will know who you really are. That someone is worth getting to know.”

Keri June, 2014 Guest

“Before the Bridge, I was on multiple anxiety medications, unable to leave my house most days. I would sleep each day away. I was also suffering from PTSD from my childhood. The Bridge changed my life. The staff is beyond amazing and the program is wonderful. The staff really cares and is there every step of the way. I am now active, healthier, happier, and no longer dwelling on the past. I will never be able to thank them enough. I am now living life to its fullest thanks to the bridge.”

Stephanie 2014 Guest

“Having finished my work at the Bridge two days ago, I feel a strong desire to give back and spread the word. The skills and concepts that I learned are both groundbreaking and invaluable. I cant explain what it felt like to be cared for, truly cared for, for 20 days. The healing and growth that I experienced is a true blessing in my life and I cant imagine any other format or place on this earth that could get close to matching what I got from the Bridge. Daren is a true visionary and his team was clearly put together through inspiration. These people don’t just go to work everyday; they truly care.”

Doug June, 2014 Guest

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