Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
When nerves are damaged or dysfunctional, they can cause intense pain. Complex regional pain syndrome, or CRPS, is a nerve disorder where the affected nerves signal pain, even when there is no injury. CRPS is not completely understood, as the cause is sometimes unknown, and there is no cure. However, there are treatments available at Medici Medical Arts that give those with CRPS relief from chronic pain and improve their quality of life.
The onset of CRPS may occur after an injury or for no reason at all. Young adults in their 20s or 30s are the most likely to suffer from this disorder. CRPS is a dysfunction of the peripheral or central nervous system, sending pain signals at a high level from the affected area. Limbs and extremities are most likely to be affected, such as the arms, hands, legs and feet. Symptoms can include:
- A burning pain in the affected area
- Joints in the affected area can become swollen and stiff
- The skin can feel colder or warmer than unaffected areas
- Increased sensitivity – even a light touch can cause pain
- Decreased mobility of the affected limb or appendage
The constant, chronic pain felt by those with CRPS is the most common symptom. Other symptoms vary in length and intensity, depending on the patient.
Treating Chronic Pain Caused by CRPS
Pain management is crucial for those with CRPS. Our pain doctors at Medici Medical Arts are experts at finding the right combination of treatments to give patients for chronic pain relief. Our multidisciplinary approach uses different methods to help patients control and relieve their pain and improve mobility. Treatments for CRPS may include physiotherapy, medication management, spinal cord stimulation and psychotherapy. This is as well as other treatments that are indicated for the individual patient.
If you have CRPS and want to explore all the treatment options for managing your chronic pain, contact Medici Medical Arts today for an appointment. We have clinics in the greater Atlanta area where you can find relief from your CRPS symptoms.