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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome CRPS

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) can cause

unprovoked or spontaneous pain on one or more extremeties. 

Close to 200,000 people suffer from CRPS in the United States every year, most of the are women

What is complex regional pain syndrome?

CRPS is a condition that involves sudden onset of pain and inflammation after an injury to an extremity that cannot be explained by infection. It is a usually caused by a disfunction of the peripheral C-fiber nerve fibers that relate pain signals to the brain. The latest studies have shown that the sooner this condition is treated the better is the patient outcome. The longer this condition goes untreated the harder it becomes to get under control. 

What are typical symptoms of CRPS?

  • Prolonged pain that is unprovoked or spontaneous.
  • Hypersensitivity to touch.
  • Swelling
  • Change in skin color
  • Difficulty walking
  • Trouble using fingers and hands 



Treatments for CRPS

Therapies used to treat CRPS include:

  • Anti-inflammatory diet 
  • Pain medication
  • Nerve blocks
  • Spinal cord stimulator

The sooner you get treatment, the better chance to get your CRPS under control

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