What is it?
A condition of burning pain, stiffness, swelling, sweating and discoloration of the hand or arm that may become disabling. If not treated, it can cause
stiffness and loss of use of the affected part of the arm.
What causes it?
It may follow a sprain, fracture, injury to nerves or blood vessels, or the symptoms may appear after a surgery. Other causes include pressure on a nerve,
infection, cancer, neck disorders, stroke, or heart attack.
What are the symptoms?
May last up to three months. Symptoms include pain and swelling, increased warmth and redness in the affected part/limb and excessive sweating.
Can last three to 12 months. Swelling is more constant, skin wrinkles disappear, skin temperature becomes cooler, and fingernails become brittle. Pain is more widespread.
Lasts one year or more. The skin of the affected area is now pale, dry, tightly stretched and shiny. The area is stiff, pain may decrease, and the chance of getting motion back is decreased.
How is it treated?
- Physical or occupational therapy