One of the most common queries put to a Chicago workers compensation law firm is whether their condition is covered. While some injuries present with immediate symptoms from a one time incident, chronic illnesses can be a little more complex to determine. For example, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is a chronic illness which can develop following a serious injury. Symptoms include pain in joints, back, hands, arms, legs or feet. While this condition is not considered life threatening, it can be frustrating as the condition can make it difficult for workers to return to their previous duties.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Causes:
Complex regional pain syndrome or reflex sympathetic dystrophy is caused by damage to or a malfunction of the peripheral nervous system. This includes the brain, nervous system or spine.
While the precise cause is not known, the condition can be triggered by abnormal excitement or irritation of the nervous system. This can be a result of surgery or an injury. The origin could be attributed to heart disease, broken or fractured bones, degenerative arthritis, nerve irritation, stroke, sprains or serious surgical procedures. These injuries can be caused by trips or slips in the workplace, vehicle accidents or other job related incidents.
Diagnosing the Condition:
There are a number of indications that workers may be affected by Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. You may find that temperature, sensitivity or skin color change around the injury site, along with chronic pain. One or more of these symptoms may suggest that the worker has developed the condition. Unfortunately, if the condition is not promptly treated the symptoms and level of pain could worsen over time.
In order to diagnose, a doctor will review your medical history, perform diagnostic tests and examine your physical condition. Without background information or training, it is often challenging to correctly identify the condition. Sufferers of complex regional pain syndrome resulting from a workplace injury may be entitled to benefits under the workers compensation program. However, proving the condition can be challenging, so it is important that you seek specialist advice.