Reflex sympathetic dystrophy and posttraumatic stress disorder. Multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment

Clin J Pain. 1990 Jun;6(2):153-7. doi: 10.1097/00002508-199006000-00015.


Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) may co-occur with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A case study is reported of a challenging adolescent patient who presented to a chronic pain service with RSD and PTSD. A multidisciplinary approach utilizing nerve-block therapy with adjunctive pharmacologic treatment, physical rehabilitation, and behavioral/cognitive psychological therapy was employed to produce a significant reduction in pain as well as a more physically and psychologically functional adolescent. The diagnosis and treatment of each disease is essential for the successful resolution of symptoms.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Nerve Block
  • Pain / complications
  • Pain / psychology
  • Pain Measurement
  • Physical Therapy Modalities
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy / complications*
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy / psychology
  • Stellate Ganglion
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / complications*
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / psychology