Are You Suffering with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a type of pain that usually develops following an injury, surgery, stroke or heart attack. The reason some people develop the syndrome is not understood; but what is known is that it is a type of nerve malfunction and the pain you experience is disproportionate to the original event. Not only is the pain chronic, instead of being short term as expected, but it can be severe enough to become debilitating. Since CRPS is not well understood, it may appear there is no relief in sight. This is not true. Effective treatments for CRPS are available and can improve your quality of life.
Who Gets CRPS?
Heart attacks and strokes are more common in older populations, but surgeries and injuries can happen at any age. There is also a possibility it can happen for no reason at all. Because of this, CRPS can be found throughout a wide range of age groups.
What Are the Symptoms of Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome?
Symptoms can vary from person to person and may change for an individual over time. Occasionally, the pain can spread from its original site to affect somewhere else. Limbs and extremities, such as the arms, legs, feet and hands, are usually affected. The symptoms of CRPS include:
- Burning and throbbing in a limb or extremity
- Painful swelling of limbs, extremities or joints
- Sensitivity to heat, cold and touch
- Skin changes, such as temperature, color and texture
- Muscle spasms or tremors
Early treatment is the most effective way to improve CRPS, but even if you have experienced the pain for a while, it is important to seek specialized care for pain relief.
Treatments For CRPS
Treating Complex Regional Pain Syndrome requires a multidisciplinary approach. Your rehabilitation must be tailored to your needs, and the best results are often seen when different treatments are combined. Medici™ Spine & Pain specializes in the treatment of chronic pain and has the tools and expertise to develop a therapy plan that can help you. Treatment options may include:
- Spinal cord stimulation
- Innovative medication management
- Further specialized treatments based on individual symptoms and needs
Living with CRPS can be difficult, since the condition is not well understood. Medici Spine & Pain understands the frustration that comes with the ongoing pain and can provide a well-rounded treatment plan to help you. Contact our Atlanta office today to schedule an appointment.
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