Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

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What is it?

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, or CRPS, refers to a form of chronic pain that is typically experienced in the arms or legs. At the moment, medical research hasn’t currently indicated what causes CRPS, but we are aware of its symptoms, which can lead to a diagnosis and successful treatment. 

What is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome associated with?

Although we don’t know the exact cause, CRPS typically develops after physical trauma or injury has occurred. This can be anything such as a sprain, fracture, burn, or medical procedure. In essence, CRPS can be thought of as the body’s overreaction and/or abnormal response to being hurt, much like an allergic reaction. Researchers speculate that the development of CRPS could involve the immune and nervous system, as well as an individual’s genetic makeup as well. 

What are the symptoms of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?

For individuals who are experiencing CRPS, symptoms may change over time and even differ between cases. Generally, CRPS may cause continuous burning or throbbing pain, which is usually felt in the arm, leg, hand, or foot. Hypersensitivity and swelling may also occur, as well as joint stiffness, muscle spasms, tremors, and weakness  in the affected limbs. CRPS can also affect skin texture, temperature, and color, as well as growth patterns of the hair and nails. Of these symptoms, those experiencing CRPS will typically observe pain, swelling, redness, noticeable changes in skin temperature, and hypersensitivity before all other symptoms.

What are some possible treatments for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?

Just as cases differ between patients, effective treatments can vary as well. We might recommend physical therapy to aid the body in decreasing its abnormal trauma response. Psychotherapy is also available to help with depression and anxiety. Medications are also available, such as a nerve block, to help ease the symptoms of CRPS. Neuromodulation with spinal cord stimulators is also an available treatment for CRPS.

If you’re struggling with chronic pain, don’t suffer in silence. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a pain-free life. We’re here to help you manage your Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and achieve the relief you deserve!