Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy, also known as complex regional pain syndrome, is a neurologic syndrome. It causes chronic pain, usually in your arm or leg, but it can affect other parts of the body. Reflex sympathetic dystrophy can cause burning or aching pain. Other symptoms include swelling, tenderness, changes in skin temperature, abnormal sweating, joint stiffness, and muscle spasms.

Social Security looks at how reflex sympathetic dystrophy affects your maximum physical ability to perform work-related activities on a continuing basis. Social Security is required to consider the nature and extent of your reflex sympathetic dystrophy, and how this condition restricts your ability to sit, stand, walk, lift, carry, push, and pull, as well as your ability to perform postural or manipulative activities (i.e. bending, twisting, stooping, reaching, fingering, or feeling). Social Security will also assess any further limitations that your reflex sympathetic dystrophy might cause, such as a need for environmental restrictions, unscheduled breaks, or excessive absences due to symptoms or treatments.

If reflex sympathetic dystrophy interferes with your ability to manage daily activities or maintain employment, Zerbe Garner Blondell & Weldon LLP can help. Our attorneys help individuals suffering from reflex sympathetic dystrophy fight for disability benefits. If you are disabled because of your reflex sympathetic dystrophy, or if you need help determining if you are eligible to receive Social Security benefits because of reflex sympathetic dystrophy, contact Zerbe Garner Blondell & Weldon LLP

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