These guidelines are intended to assist healthcare professionals in making decisions regarding the appropriate level of care for their patients.
However, it is important to note that these guidelines are not a substitute for clinical judgement or professional experience. The ultimate decision regarding care must be made by the patient in consultation with his or her healthcare provider.
Vitamin C for Prevention of CRPS in Patients with Distal Radius, Wrist, Hand, Ankle and Foot Fractures
Vitamin C is recommended for the prevention or treatment of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) in a subset of individuals who have distal radial, wrist, hand, ankle, or foot fractures.” CRPS is a condition that causes chronic pain and inflammation in the limbs, and it can be quite debilitating.
According to a study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, taking vitamin C supplements can help reduce the incidence of CRPS in patients with distal radius fractures. The study recommends taking 500mg of vitamin C daily for 50 days if the fracture is treated conservatively, and 200mg daily for 50 days if the patient has impaired renal function. Vitamin C has also been shown to decrease the incidence of CRPS following foot and ankle surgery.
It’s important to note that vitamin C should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment, and you should always consult with your doctor before taking any supplements or making changes to your treatment plan.
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