Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type I: Disease or Illness Construction?

October 2011
Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, American Volume;10/5/2011, Vol. 93-A Issue 19, p1856
Academic Journal
In this article the author comments on the complex regional pain syndrome type 1 (CRPS-1) known as reflex sympathetic dystropy (RSD) which is not well understood. The author argues that diagnosis of CRPS-1 based on nonspecific observations is lacking a consensus reference standard which may be an illness construction rather than an actual disease. The author stresses that it is preferable to use a neutral description acknowledging the that the illness has psychological aspects.


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