Question: Do you know the difference between RSI & RSD? Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. And also relationship between RSD or RSI and cervical back injury, C-4, C-5, C-6, C-7 area’s. I’m told this RSI or RSD can happen after back injury? Does anyone know? or can refer someone who does?
Answer 1: RSD has slightly different symptoms, including change of blood flow to the affected part, muscle wasting, and a few others I forget. Do a search for ‘Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy’ on the ‘net and you will soon find them. RSI tends to affect the same parts of the body but has different symptoms to RSD. They can be the same as those for cervical back injury as some of the problems of RSI stem from poor posture and irritation of the nerves.
However RSI is due to chronic bad posture or injury rather than an acute injury. Of course a back injury could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back (sorry, pun not intended) and sets of the persons RSI.
Answer 2: It would appear that this is what has happened to me. I had what was diagnosed as cumulative trauma disorder after what I thought was a minor car crash. The nerves to my hands were trapped or irritated. It wasn’t until some six months later when I visited a chiro that they discovered my problems were due to whiplash and the damage I had done to c5 c6 c7 c8 and my upper thoracic vertebrae. Unfortunately I don’t seem to be able to get rid of the problem now I have it.
My neck and back are awful and I seem to have further problems because of the lack of normal movement while my hands and neck were at their worst. Resting from all hand and arm movement was very bad advice as far as I am concerned as I believe this has allowed other muscles to become stiff and hard from lack of use and just compounded the problem. I’ve now changed to a different osteopath and am starting physio this week as well.
If all else fails I am off to the Bonnei Prudden institute in the states as a last ditch bid to get rid of this problem so I would be glad to hear from anyone who has had successful trigger point therapy in the UK and where they went.