Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) causes severe and intense pain, usually in the arms, hands, legs, and feet. Although we do not know what causes CRPS, it typically occurs after an injury that damages a spinal nerve. CRPS can worsen with time and is best if treated right away once diagnosed.
The symptoms of CRPS are usually very painful and unproportionate to the initial injury. Symptoms may include:
- Continuous throbbing pain
- Sensitivity to touch
- Changes in skin color or texture
- Joint stiffness
- Muscle spasms
- Decreased mobility
There are no known direct causes of CRPS, but it is believed to be caused by an injury to the central nervous system such as traumatic injury to the spine or peripheral nerves. It may also be the result of a heart attack or stroke. It is not known why some individuals develop CRPS while others do not.
Treatment for CRPS is most effective when started early. There are several treatment options to treat CRPS. These include:
We understand that each patient’s pain is unique. Therefore, the treatment recommended to each patient will be personalized to fit their condition and lifestyle. Our multi-disciplinary team of physicians offers advanced interventional and minimally-invasive techniques to help treat chronic, complex pain. Schedule an appointment today to discuss your concerns and what treatment options might be right for you!