Algodystrophy: how to do not hurt anymore!

Things got complicated after your joint injury, or following surgery. Tingling, throbbing, pain ... The doctor diagnoses a dysphasia. A name a bit "barbaric" which corresponds to a problem annoying, unfortunately risking to last a few months.

ALS is also referred to as (so complex) agloneurodystrophie, or complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

It can touch different parts of the skeleton: the foot, the ankle, the leg, the wrist, the elbow, the shoulder ...

It is an unpredictable complication that usually starts after a more or less serious joint trauma (fracture, sprain, dislocation ...), or after a bone or joint surgery.

This condition affects women more often than men. It manifests itself mainly by ankle, leg or arm pain ...

ALS has nothing to do with a possible infection, or hematoma that may have occurred following the trauma (or surgery).

In reality, we do not know the exact origin of this phenomenon in which the nervous system is involved.
Algo means pain, and dystrophy means trophic disorders (heat, swelling, sweating or dryness of the skin).

Without knowing exactly why, this disease affects on average three times more women than men. A periodontal dystrophy is very rare in children.

On average, ALS disappears in 6 to 12 months, but in 10% of patients, it can persist for several years and leave definitive and even disabling sequelae.

Learn what exactly is a reflex sympathetic dystrophy and its different locations. Discover its different treatments. Then read the advice of a medical specialist who indicates which doctors to consult in case of reflex sympathetic dystrophy, and the testimony of a patient who tells about his experience of the disease.

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Read also :

> Tingling in the hands
> Knee pain
> Hip pain

Authors: Amaury Chardeau and Dr Nicolas Evrard.
Expert consultant: Dr. Georges Dalzotto, orthopedic surgeon at the Hospitalor de Saint-Avold (Moselle).

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