FREE: Introduction to Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (WC1025)

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

Pre-Approved for: ACM, CA BRN, CE Broker Provider, CLCP, COPS-KT, CRRN, Delaware BON, RNs

Credit Hours: 2

Course Format

This course is online. All course material is available online and is accessible immediately after purchase from your account homepage.

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 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.

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