Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)

Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.

– Sherlock Holmes


Exploring the Etiology of CRPS – RSD

When self-proclaimed mystery buff Philip Getson, DO, was stumped by a medial case in the mid 1990’s he began a journey to seek answers that would eventually lead him to becoming an expert the diagnosis and treatment of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (CRPS/RSD).

CRPS/RSD is an insidious disease of unknown etiology. It is a disorder of the nervous system which also can affect the musculoskeletal system and the body’s internal organs.

The primary hallmark of this disorder is pain which is often out of proportion to the inciting event.

The pain is usually described as burning but can also be sharp, dull or sometimes referred to as “deep bone pain”. There can be many other symptoms, some of which are swelling, color change, temperature change, hair and nail growth changes and movement disorders.

Dr. Getson is currently exploring the etiology of the disease by taking a holistic approach through the evaluation of the role of neurotransmitters and other body systems including hormones, gut ecology, gluten intolerance, and vitamin deficiencies.

Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers. Nervous system imbalances affect communication between the nervous, endocrine and immune systems, resulting in a wide range of health challenges.

Neurotransmitter testing can untangle complex and recurring health conditions and get to the root problem underlying your symptoms.

Dr. Getson also is a pioneer in the field of Ketamine Infusion Therapy for the treatment of CRPS/RSD and has been very successful in improving the quality of life for his patients. This groundbreaking treatment goes directly to the source of the problem, the NMDA system of the brain, to affect the most efficient therapy for the disorder.

Did You Know?

that RSD can cause intermittent hoarseness by affecting the branchial plexus? The hoarseness is NOT allergies or "getting sick" - it is a manifestation of the disease!


Featured In

The Pain Practitioner, December 2016. CRPS is underdiagnosed. Estimates of the number of people diagnosed with CRPS range from 250,000 to 2 million, and it is estimated that at least 50,000 new cases are diagnosed every year. Click here to read this article.


More Information

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic progressive disease characterized by severe pain, swelling and changes in the skin.

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