FREE: Introduction to Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (WC1025)

Author(s): US Dept of Health & Human Services

Pre-Approved for: ACM, CA BRN, CLCP, COPS-KT, Delaware BON, RNs

Credit Hours: 2

Course Format


Course Objectives

  1. Define reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSDS).

  2. Identify the three stages of RSDS and manifestations of each stage.

  3. Outline treatment and nursing care priorities for a patient with RSDS.

  4. Identify the 6 potential directions for basic and clinical research on new treatment strategies.

Course Overview


  • Case Study

  • Introduction

  • Bizarre Symptoms 

  • A Three-Stage Profile

  • Sympathetic Testing

  • Focus on Pain

  • Psychosocial Aspects of Care

  • Unanswered Questions   

  • New Research Directions
    • diagnostic criteria,
    • epidemiology, 
    • RSD/CRPS model systems,
    • disease mechanisms,
    • integration between basic research and clinical research, and
    • therapy

Course Price


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