Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) Treatment

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) is a chronic pain condition that is believed to be the result of dysfunction in the central or peripheral nervous systems. Unfortunately over time, without treatment, the syndrome in almost all cases will worsen. Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy tends to affect the limbs (ie. a leg, arm, hand, or foot), and its symptoms vary from case-to-case. 

Some common symptoms include:

  • Burning sensation and pain
  • An increase in skin sensitivity
  • Alteration in skin temperature, color, or texture in the affected part
  • Changes in nail and hair growth patterns in the affected area
  • Swelling in the affected joints
  • Decreased mobility of the affected extremity

Although there is no one or specific cause for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, many physicians say it can be triggered for a number of different reasons; a few of them being previous injury or trauma to the affected area, previous surgeries, other medical conditions such as heart disease, cancer, stroke or diabetes. However, in roughly one third of all cases, there is no correlation to any specific trigger.

No Definitive Test For RSD

There is no definitive test to diagnose RSD; it is also difficult to pinpoint because many of the symptoms overlap other conditions. Most of the time Radionuclide bone imaging is considered the most reliable tool in diagnosing the syndrome. Although standard x-rays can also be helpful; as they can indicate the thinning of bones in the affected area.

Calmar Pain Relief Therapy Is Effective For Treating Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

CALMARx Pain Relief therapy is unique employing cutting edge Scrambler Therapy for RSD treatment. Our results have been truly amazing. View the testimonials on our website, and the one below from a recently treated young lady from Texas. For more information on our services, contact us


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To: Those Considering CalmarPainTherapy Treatment
From: A Mother and Caregiver
Date: February 28, 2011

In January 2011 my daughter and I travelled from Texas to Providence, RI for CalmarPainTherapy Treatment with Dr. Stephen D'Amato. The results were incredible. On January 10th, Corrie entered Dr. D'Amato's office using crutches which had been necessary for 18 months due to CRPS of her lower right leg and foot. Following treatment, she left Dr. D'Amato's walking without assistance and has continued to be pain free since that day. In addition to being pain free, within 24 hours of treatment swelling and discolouration had disappeared and she no longer needed pain meds to dull her pain (along with the side effects of dulling her mind). Corrie had 8 additional Scrambler Therapy treatments to reinforce the rewiring signal emitted by the MC-5A computer. And, she knows that if there is a future flareup of CRPS corrective treatment is readily available.

Since that wonderful day, I have spoken with others who are suffering from chronic pain. Most respond with skepticism or surprise about this relatively new treatment. It is understandable to question the effectiveness of a treatment that is noninvasive and appears to be so simple (although technically it is not) , especially in a world where we are accustomed to resort to invasive procedures or drugs in efforts to try to alleviate pain. Instead, my choice was to do simple research at the library on neuroplasticity and soon the theory behind Calmar made perfect sense.. An introductory book on neuroplasticity "The Brain That Changes Itself" by Norman Doidge is an enjoyable read on how brain patterns (aka pain patterns) can be changed using biophysical means.

When my daughter told her Workman's Comp treating and pain doctors she wanted to try Calmar before considering the invasive spinal cord stimulator, they discounted Calmar as too new and likened it to outdated electrical mechanisms which was like comparing apples with oranges. We decided not to let others make the ultimate decision for us. Instead, we went to Dr. D'Amato on our own (no referral necessary) feeling the risk of trying Scrambler Therapy was far better than available alternatives. Dr. D'Amato and his staff were caring and attentive in their understanding of pain. We made new friends and Corrie is pain free. All of this and a new beginning for less than $2,000 for Calmar. Total expenditure was $5,000 which included air fare, rental car, Residence Inn and Calmar. We are resourceful people.

Sometimes it pays to do the background work yourself and not wait for the status quo to catch up. Corrie and I are excited to know that we were part of something important medical breakthrough.

My hope is that anyone suffering from chronic neuropathic pain will take the time to educate themselves. Examine information about Calmar and neuroplasticity to consider along with the opinions of others before making a final decision about treatment.

I hope that sharing the path that led Corrie to Providence will be helpful to others.