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Reflex neurovascular dystrophy (RND) is a painful condition that leads to severe pain in the joints and muscles in children. The pain may be described as sharp, burning, achy, crampy, a pounding hammer, or cutting like a knife. The pain is caused by a nerve sensitivity whereby the nerves in the body send pain signals to the brain inappropriately. RND affects girls more than boys (80 percent girls).
RND can be associated with other symptoms including:
RND can also occur in children with growth plate fractures. The pain from RND typically is not helped by pain medications, and medical testing usually shows normal results.
At UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, we have partnered with The Children’s Institute to create a treatment program for children with RND. The program consists of a combination of exercise therapy to retrain the affected nerves and pain reduction techniques such as biofeedback, stress reduction, and mindfulness. The program has treated children from western Pennsylvania as well as from around the country.
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Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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