Sunday, November 02, 2008

Preventing the development of complex regional pain syndrome could save years of possible pain and suffering.

The Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Association, in their patient resources, recorded an interview with Dr Scott Reuben, Director of Acute Pain Service and Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine. Professor Reuben talked about protocols for reducing the likelihoood of or worsening or spreading CRPS symptoms in patients with CRPS having surgery. He also spoke about protocols for reducing the risk of development of CRPS in patients with no history of CRPS and having surgery.

"It is thought that approximately 20% of CRPS patients who present to chronic pain clinics have a history of prior surgical procedures in the affected area with most reports of postoperative CRPS occurring after orthopedic surgery, especially after operations on the extremities."

The professor specifically mentions as well pre-emptive analgesia before dental surgery.

I received an email from Professor Reuben, in which, regarding my question about vitamin C and surgery, he says that they now incorporate Vitamin C in their protocols.

For the link to this article go to "crps/rsd related articles" to the left of this blog or click here.
http://www.rsdfoundation.org/en/PreventingRSD_Intro.html

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