2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Section 26:2AA-2 - Findings, declarations relative to reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSDS) education and research program.

NJ Rev Stat § 26:2AA-2 (2013) What's This?

26:2AA-2 Findings, declarations relative to reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSDS) education and research program.

2.The Legislature finds and declares that:

a.Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSDS), also known as complex regional pain syndrome, is a debilitating and progressively chronic condition characterized by severe burning pain, pathological changes in bone and skin, excessive sweating, tissue swelling and extreme sensitivity to touch;

b.More specifically, RSDS is thought to be a nerve disorder that generally occurs at the site of a minor or major trauma injury, but may also occur without an apparent injury to the afflicted person;

c.While the causes of RSDS are unknown, the syndrome is thought to be the result of damaged nerves of the sympathetic nervous system;

d.The disorder is unique in that it simultaneously affects the nerves, skin, muscles, blood vessels and bones, and if untreated, can result in permanent deformity and chronic pain;

e.RSDS is often misdiagnosed because this condition is either unknown or is poorly understood; the prognosis for patients suffering from RSDS is generally much better when the condition is identified and treated as early as possible, ideally within three months of identifying the first symptoms;

f.If treatment is delayed, the disorder can quickly spread to the entire limb, and changes in bone and muscle may become irreversible, resulting in limited mobility, atrophy of the muscles and eventual permanent disability of patients; and

g.Since a delay in diagnosis or treatment for this syndrome can result in severe physical and physiological problems, and early recognition and prompt treatment of RSDS provides the greatest opportunity for recovery, it is in the best interest of the public to establish a program to educate both individuals and medical professionals regarding this debilitative condition and to promote research to accurately identify, diagnose and treat RSDS.

L.2007, c.255, s.2.

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