Treatment of reflex sympathetic dystrophy of the hand with an active "stress loading" program.

@article{Watson1987TreatmentOR,
  title={Treatment of reflex sympathetic dystrophy of the hand with an active "stress loading" program.},
  author={Harry K. Watson and Laurie Carlson},
  journal={The Journal of hand surgery},
  year={1987},
  volume={12 5 Pt 1},
  pages={779-85}
}
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) is a syndrome characterized by pain out of proportion to injury, vasomotor and trophic changes, stiffness, and decreased function. It is important to separate the active disease process of RSD from its resultant state of contracture and fibrosis. Our treatment program is based on active "stress loading," which consists of active traction and compression exercises that provide stressful stimuli to the extremity without joint motion. Fifty-two patients with RSD… CONTINUE READING

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