Chronic pain complex regional pain syndrome, or CRPS, causes disabling pain that’s largely not understood. Still, management of this condition is possible from the specialists at Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain, with offices in Newark and Milford, Delaware. To learn more about your treatment options for CRPS, call the nearest office today or use this website to schedule an appointment online.
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is characterized by burning pain and tingling, a “pins and needles” sensation. The pain usually begins in your hand or foot but can travel up your arm or leg.
Once called reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) syndrome, this condition usually shows up after trauma, like a sprained ligament, burn, a broken bone, or surgery. The severity of the pain felt with CRPS is generally out of proportion with the original cause.
Why CRPS develops isn’t entirely clear to researchers and doctors. It may have a genetic link or relate to a misfiring of the nervous system.
The symptoms of CRPS usually affect a foot, hand, or limb first. The pain is localized and then begins to spread, for example, into the unaffected arm or leg.
Over time, you may notice the color and temperature of your skin changes in the area where you feel pain. You develop something called allodynia, which makes even the slightest touch cause pain.
In severe cases, patients experience hair and nail changes, abnormal sweating, and difficulties moving the affected body parts.
CRPS causes pain that can be severe and impair your ability to function. There’s no cure for complex regional pain syndrome, but the providers at Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain offer a number of treatments that can help you manage pain associated with CRPS.
If you come to Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain with symptoms of CRPS, your provider may recommend medication and physical therapy to help you manage pain.
You may benefit from over-the-counter pain relievers (like ibuprofen and aspirin) and prescription opioids; antidepressants and anticonvulsants can also be effective therapies.
If these conservative therapies aren’t enough to control your pain, your provider may recommend injection therapy, infusion therapy, or spinal cord stimulation. Corticosteroid injections help reduce the inflammation in the affected limbs.
If you have symptoms of CRPS, reach out to Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain today. Call the office nearest you or use this website to schedule your appointment online.