Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a pain condition that typically affects the limbs following a trauma. The arms, legs, feet and hands are most commonly affected since the syndrome is thought to affect the peripheral and/or the central nervous systems.
CRPS can affect anyone, but is more common among women and averages at 40 years old. It is rare in the elderly and in children.
Symptoms of CRPS:
- Prolonged pain that is prolonged or severe in nature
- Pins and Needles sensation
- Heightened sensitivity to touch
- Changes in skin color, temperature and swelling
- Shiny and thin skin
- Abnormal hair growth
- Joint stiffness
- Tremors in affected limb
A specific cause of CRPS is unknown; however fractures, sprains, tissue injury and surgeries are common triggers. Diagnosis is made by matching history with patients reported symptoms. Testing to rule out other pathology is important prior to diagnosis with CRPS.
Treatment: Rehabilitation can benefit the affected limb by improving circulation, improving flexibility and strength of the limb and practice performing functional tasks. Psychotherapy is also important as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder are common. Medications including NSAIDS, opiates, and corticosteroids are commonly prescribed.
We treat patients with complex regional pain syndrome in the Clermont 34711 area!