Have you experienced changes in your skin color and texture after a motorcycle crash? If you did and it is accompanied by pain, you may have a condition known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSDS), complex regional pain syndrome, shoulder-hand syndrome, causalgia, or Sudeck’s atrophy. There are many names for this chronic pain condition, which is believed to be caused by a dysfunction in the peripheral or central nervous system.

Those suffering with RSD often experience redness of the skin, warmth, and swelling. This usually occurs in an arm, leg, foot, or hand and is accompanied by continuous pain. You may have RSD if your skin has changed in the following ways:

  • Skin texture is now shiny
  • Skin texture appears thin
  • Skin texture looks sweaty
  • Skin color looks red
  • Skin color appears purple or blue
  • Skin color looks pale or blotchy

In addition to these skin changes, the affected limb may also feel cooler or warmer than your other extremity.  When you have any of these symptoms that have changed your skin’s appearance, it is important to seek medical treatment immediately because it could indicate that you suffered damage to the nerves that control blood flow and temperature.

Are you suffering with skin changes after a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault? Getting an exact medical diagnosis can help you make the best possible financial recovery. If you are ready to learn more about your motorcycle injury claim, dealing with insurance adjusters, and your rights to compensation, request your free copy of our book The Florida Accident Handbook: What You Need to Know After an Auto, Truck or Bike Accident. And if you have questions about your specific situation, reach out to us at any time, using our live chat.


Damian Mallard, Esq.
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