CRPS, Steriod Injection ???

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I experienced a fall to the right hand twelve months ago causing type 1 CRPS, being a pianist by profession there is always a swelling in the hand after playing the piano with a slight tingling sensation around the median nerve, but no severe pain. The hand continues to be swallon around the flexor retinaculum area and has never resurfaced back to it's natural shape after the fall of twelve months ago. My specialist has booked an appointment for an ultrasound guided steriod injection.. as mentioned there is no pain.. but swelling continues. Given the above symptoms could anyone please give advice as wethere to go ahead with the steroid injection? Given the risks.

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LR.

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    L.R.

    Unfortunately there is no universal cure or answer for treatment of RSD. I have undergone almost every treatment available. I personally haven't had much luck with any of my injections or sometimes rather aggressive treatments. Some do benefit from the injections but many do not. They did seem to help increase my circulation in my hand and arm but had no effect on the pain or swelling.

    Over the years I have found some helpful treatments however. Deep moist heat over your entire hand and arm followed by physical therapy with hand and arm submerged completely in very warm water for 30 min daily. Then apply anti-inflammatory cream.

    2-3 times daily use a electro stimulation unit such as a Tens Unit to stimulate your nerves followed by deep moist heat and anti-inflammatory cream before bed.

    I hope this helps. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

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