Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic condition that typically affects the legs or arms. Essentially, CRPS is when high levels of nerve impulses affect a specific site, because of poor function in the peripheral or central nervous systems. This condition is also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD).
The responsibility of the peripheral nervous system is to connect the central nervous system to the organs and limbs for proper function. The central nervous system collects the information and coordinates the activity of all body parts. There are 2 types of CRPS.
CRPS can develop due to:
When dysfunction of the nervous systems takes place, the damaged nerves lose proper blood flow and sensation. As a result, patients experience an intense burning pain that becomes progressively worse overtime. This pain typically begins in the initial local area, but can spread through the entire limb.
Some of the symptoms of CRPS include:
With the progression of this disease, limited movement can be a serious factor with patients suffering from complex regional pain syndrome. Symptoms associated with CRPS can limit one’s quality of life and contribute to anxiety or depression.
Although there is no definite cure for CRPS, slowing down the progression can provide patients with the opportunity to live life as normal as possible. Our professional physicians help you restore function and relieve pain for much happier living. Treatments may include injections in the form of Sympathetic Nerve Blocks or Spinal Cord Stimulation.