Successful Nationwide Law Practice for CRPS/RSD Cases

R. Steven Shisler, Esq. works with attorneys throughout the country. If you or a friend or family member is suffering from CRPS/RSD, or other serious personal injuries caused by an accident or professional negligence, your first call should be to Shisler Law Offices, LLC.

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Law firm concentrating in representation of plaintiffs suffering from complex regional pain syndrome/reflex sympathetic dystrophy, other neurological injuries, and other serious injuries in personal injury, product liability, medical malpractice and workers' compensation matters.


Established in 1996.

R. Steven Shisler, Esq. is a nationally known attorney whose law practice concentrates in complex regional pain syndrome/reflex sympathetic dystrophy cases, and other plaintiffs' matters involving other neurological injuries and other serious injuries. He is a member of the board of directors and an officer of the non- profit corporation, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association. He has appeared on radio and television talk shows addressing legal matters pertaining to complex regional pain syndrome. He is a frequent speaker on complex regional pain syndrome matters for continuing legal education classes, teaching other attorneys how to handle plaintiffs' lawsuits involving complex regional pain syndrome.

Meet the Business Owner R. Steven Shisler, Esq.

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Mr. Shisler was inspired to become an attorney and specialize in representing plaintiffs who suffer from complex regional pain syndrome after he was injured in a motor vehicle accident which caused him to personally experience complex regional pain syndrome and other neurological injuries.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) Syndrome

What is CRPS/RSD?

CRPS/RSD is a chronic neuro-inflammatory disorder. It is classified as a rare disorder by the United States Food and Drug Administration. However, up to 200,000 individuals experience this condition in the United States, alone, in any given year.

CRPS occurs when the nervous system and the immune system malfunction as they respond to tissue damage from trauma. The nerves misfire, sending constant pain signals to the brain. The level of pain is measured as one of the most severe on the McGill University Pain Scale.

CRPS generally follows a musculoskeletal injury, a nerve injury, surgery or immobilization.

The persistent pain and disability associated with CRPS/RSD require coordinated, interdisciplinary, patient-centered care to achieve pain reduction/cessation and better function.

It has been shown that early diagnosis is generally the key to better outcomes. However diagnosing CRPS/RSD is not a simple matter and many patients search for months or years for a definitive diagnosis.

It is important to know that research has proven that CRPS/RSD is a physical disorder. Unfortunately, it has not been unusual for medical professionals to suggest that people with CRPS/RSD exaggerate their pain for psychological reasons. Trust your body and continue to seek a diagnosis. If it’s CRPS/RSD, the pain is not in your mind!

Making the Diagnosis

There is no single diagnostic tool for CRPS/RSD. Physicians diagnose it based on patient history, clinical examination, and laboratory results. Physicians must rule out any other condition that would otherwise account for the degree of pain and dysfunction before considering CRPS/RSD.

Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment offer the highest probability of effective treatment and possible remission of CRPS/RSD.

CRPS/RSD Signs and Symptoms Checklist

There is no gold standard for diagnosing CRPS/RSD. If the pain is getting worse, not better, and if the pain is more severe than one would expect from the original injury, it might be CRPS/RSD.

Look for these telltale signs and symptoms:

  • Pain that is described as deep, aching, cold, burning, and/or increased skin sensitivity
  • An initiating injury or traumatic event, such as a sprain, fracture, minor surgery, etc., that should not cause as severe pain as being experienced or where the pain does not subside with healing
  • Pain (moderate-to-severe) associated with allodynia, that is, pain from something that should not cause pain, such as the touch of clothing or a shower
  • Continuing pain (moderate-to-severe) associated with hyperalgesia, that is, heightened sensitivity to painful stimulation)
  • Abnormal swelling in the affected area
  • Abnormal hair or nail growth
  • Abnormal skin color changes
  • Abnormal skin temperature, that is, one side of the body is warmer or colder than the other by more than 1°C
  • Abnormal sweating of the affected area
  • Limited range of motion, weakness, or other motor disorders such as paralysis or dystonia
  • Symptoms and signs can wax and wane
  • Can affect anyone, but is more common in women, with a recent increase in the number of children and adolescents who are diagnosed

Please keep in mind that this information is not intended as medical advice, nor is it a substitute for a diagnosis by a qualified, medical professional. Please feel free to share the information with your doctor or doctors. You may also feel free to contact us with any questions you might have about CRPS/RSD and how to find qualified medical assistance.