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, Florida 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 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


Customer Testimonial

The course provided a basic overview of RSD/CRPS diagnostic methods, variable treatments and need for further research. The material was easily understood and test questions were a fair representation of general knowledge gained from taking this course. I also appreciated the ease of navigating the website and printing my certificate of completion with pre-approved CDMS CEs, citing the activity code and approval number for direct submission to CDMSC. Also, appreciated the "free" trial for taking the course and still earning 2.0 CEs. Thanks!
Loren Z.