Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is an incurable chronic pain condition that typically develops following an injury to one of your limbs. Zaid Malik, MD, of Superior Pain Relief in The Woodlands, Texas, is a highly skilled specialist in interventional pain management who helps people with CRPS manage their condition, reducing their symptoms and improving their quality of life. Call Superior Pain Relief today to find out more, or book an appointment online.
Complex regional pain syndrome or CRPS is a type of chronic and long-lasting pain that was previously known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy.
In most cases, CRPS develops in an arm or a leg that you have previously injured. You may have unexplained pain that won't go away, which may be severe, and may spread.
We don't know the exact cause of CRPS. It's an abnormal response that your body has to being hurt. It seems to be a type of overreaction, almost like an allergy. It can develop after any kind of trauma, such as a:
CRPS may involve your immune system along with your nervous system. The genes you inherit may also play a role.
If you have CRPS, you may feel burning pain, or pins and needles. The pain may spread. If you hurt your hand, for example, it may spread to your entire arm. It may even spread to your other arm. Your skin may change color, and it may feel warmer or cooler than normal. It may be so sensitive that even a light touch hurts.
You may have other issues as well, such as abnormal sweating, a change in your hair or nails, or problems moving your limb.
Treatment for CRPS can involve physical therapy for your body and psychotherapy to help you deal with depression and anxiety. You may benefit from medications. A nerve block, which is an injection of anesthetic that temporarily numbs the affected limb, may help.
You may also benefit from a device such as an implantable pump, which can deliver medication directly into the fluid around your spinal cord as you need it. Your provider at Superior Pain Relief can create a plan that’s right for you.
If you have any unexplained pain or related symptoms and are looking for a prompt and accurate diagnosis, visit Superior Pain Relief. The clinicians have considerable experience with helping people affected by conditions like complex regional pain syndrome. Call today to schedule an appointment or book using the online tool.