Patient's Complete Guide to Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Overview of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

CRPS is a condition that affects your limbs after an injury resulting in severe pain. CRPS can be acute or chronic and can be easily treated.

Signs and Symptoms of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a term that refers to prolonged pain and inflammation as a result of a variety of clinical conditions that affect our arm and leg. The pain can be either acute (short-term) or chronic (lasting longer than 6 months).
The pain comes along with several other symptoms and goes away gradually. But in rare cases, it can get prolonged resulting in disability. There is an involvement of nerves that carry pain messages to the brain.

Types of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Some of the common symptoms of CRPS include:

  • Spontaneous pain in limbs
  • Pain sensitivity in the affected body areas after touch or cold
  • Altered skin color of affected area
  • Changes in skin texture of affected area
  • Joint stiffness
  • Altered nail and hair growth pattern
  • Abnormal sweating
  • Reduced muscle strength, muscle loss

Causes of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

There are two types of CRPS:

  • Type 1: This type of CRPS, also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy is a result of apparent injury such as sprain or fracture but the injury is with no confirmed nerve damage.
  • Type 2: This type of CRPS or causalgia starts after an injury with clear nerve damage.

Risk Factors of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Some of the common causes of CRPS include:

  • Fractures
  • Sprains/ Strains
  • Surgeries
  • Injuries
  • Reduced limb movement (after casting)

Prevention

Some of the common risk factor that contribute to the development of CRPS include:

Age - Being less than 60 years of age can be an important risk factor for the disease.
High Impact Injuries - People who suffer from high impact injuries are more likely to get affected by CRPS.
Gender - Female have two times increased risk of suffering from CRPS.

Treatment of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome | When to Consult a Doctor

There is no specific way to diagnose CRPS. Only your physician can diagnose it depending upon the clinical signs and symptoms.

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