Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is chronic arm or leg pain developing after injury, surgery, stroke, or heart attack. The exact cause of complex regional pain syndrome isn’t well understood but may involve abnormal inflammation or nerve dysfunction. CRPS is characterized by pain that is greater than would be expected from the injury that causes it. Treatment usually consists of medications, heat or cold therapy, physical therapy, and biofeedback.CONTACT US TODAY
CRPS is characterized by pain that is greater than would be expected from the injury that causes it. Pain areas include:
The muscles can be affected in the pain area as well, these symptoms include:
There can be redness, stiffness, swelling, or tenderness of the limb affected by CRPS.
CRPS can have sensory symptoms as well:
The cause of complex regional pain syndrome isn’t completely understood. It’s thought to be caused by an injury or an abnormality of the peripheral and central nervous systems. CRPS typically occurs as a result of a trauma or an injury.
Complex regional pain syndrome occurs in two types, with similar signs and symptoms, but different causes:
Many cases of complex regional pain syndrome occur after a forceful trauma to an arm or a leg. This can include a crushing injury, fracture or amputation.
Other major and minor traumas — such as surgery, heart attacks, infections and even sprained ankles — can also lead to complex regional pain syndrome.
It’s not well-understood why these injuries can trigger complex regional pain syndrome. Not everyone who has such an injury will go on to develop complex regional pain syndrome. It might be due to a dysfunctional interaction between your central and peripheral nervous systems and inappropriate inflammatory responses.
Treatment consists of self care such as using a heating pad. Therapies include biofeedback, physical therapy, and acupuncture. Medications include: Antihypertensive drug, Nerve pain medication, Muscle relaxant, Sedative, Anesthetic, and Narcotics. Medical procedures include nerve blocks, stellate ganglion blocks, and Bier blocks.