Shoulder-Hand Syndrome

Shoulder-hand syndrome is rare and effects women more frequently than men.

Shoulder-hand syndrome, or reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome can be defined as a clinical condition in which a person experiences severe long-lasting shoulder pain or pain in his or her hand.


Shoulder-hand syndrome often occurs after suffering an injury or when nerve fibers have been damaged. Other causes include infection, myocardial infraction or stroke.


The symptoms of shoulder–hand syndrome are sweating, thickened nails, dry skin, and muscle weakness, intense pain, swelling and burning sensation.


Diagnostic procedures like X-rays, bone scan, diagnostic sympathetic block test, and a test that can map skin’s temperature can help confirm the diagnosis.


Shoulder-hand syndrome treatments include anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids and ointments to relieve irritation and alleviate the pain.

Physical therapy is also recommended in order to maintain the movement of the patient which is one of the important goals.