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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome


Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a form of chronic pain, which often affects the arm, leg, hand or feet, that can develop from major and minor traumas. These injuries can range from a simple sprained ankle to an infection, surgery, stroke or heart attack. This chronic pain is caused due to high levels of nerve impulses being sent to the affected body part. Complex regional pain syndrome is more commonly seen in women than men. 


Doctors aren’t sure what causes CRPS. Scientists think that CRPS is a result of inflammation of the nerves and changes in a person’s perception of pain in the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome vary with severity. Signs and symptoms of CRPS include: 



There are 2 types of CRPS with similar symptoms but different causes:



The goal of treatment is to relieve pain and symptoms associated with the disorder since there is no cure for CRPS. Treatment is most effective when started early. Doctors may prescribe medications such as topical analgesics, antidepressants, corticosteroids, and opioids to relieve pain. However, no drug or combination of drugs can help with the consistent long lasting improvement in symptoms. 


If your doctor and physical therapist suspect your pain is caused by CRPS, they will discuss with you a treatment plan that will help your chronic pain. Keeping the painful limb or body part moving helps improve blood flow to your affected limb as well as increase your flexibility, strength, muscle tone and function. Rehabilitating the affected limb helps to prevent or reverse brain changes associated with disuse due to chronic pain. 


Physical therapy can help through patient education, therapeutic exercise (range of motion exercises & muscle strengthening), hands on therapy, manual therapy, massage therapy, class IV laser, alterG, virtual reality treadmill and electric stimulation. Occupational therapy is another form of therapy that can help with complex regional pain syndrome. Occupational therapy can help people learn new ways to become active, return to their daily activities, and manage their symptoms.


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