Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Sympathetic Dystrophy Prevention

Prevention of reflex sympathetic dystrophy includes:

  • Appropriate rest after injuries or surgery:
    • Use a walker.
    • Use crutches.
    • Use a cane.
    • For upper extremity injuries, consider using a sling
  • Vitamin C supplements may reduce the incidence of RSD following wrist fractures.
  • Appropriate rehabilitation after injuries or surgery:
    • Physical therapy for reflex sympathetic dystrophy
    • Occupational therapy for reflex sympathetic dystrophy

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Last Updated: Jan 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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