Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition that affects the limbs, typically the arms or legs. It is characterized by severe pain, swelling, and changes in skin color and temperature. CRPS is a rare condition and can occur in both adults and children, and is more common in women than in men. The pain associated with CRPS can be debilitating and can have a significant impact on quality of life. Understanding the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options for CRPS is important for managing this chronic condition. At Bellevue Pain and Wellness, Dr. Robert Bowers, board certified pain specialist can diagnose and treat complex regional pain syndrome. To learn more about treating CRPS or to book a consultation, call our office or make an appointment online today.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition that affects the limbs, typically the arms or legs. Symptoms include severe pain, swelling, and changes in skin color and temperature. A diagnosis is typically made based on the patient's symptoms and medical history. Treatment options include physical therapy, medications, sympathetic nerve blocks, spinal cord stimulation, and intrathecal drug delivery (IDD). Lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy diet, exercise, stress reduction, rest and support can help to manage symptoms and improve quality of life.
The exact cause of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is not fully understood. However, it is thought to be related to an abnormal response of the nervous system to an injury or trauma, such as a broken bone, sprain, or surgery. The injury triggers an abnormal response in the sympathetic nervous system, which controls the body's response to injury or stress. The body's immune system may also play a role in the development of CRPS. Some research suggests that there may be a genetic component to the condition, as it tends to run in families. However, more research is needed to fully understand the causes of CRPS.
There is no specific test for CRPS, so a diagnosis is typically made based on the patient's symptoms and medical history. Your doctor may also perform a physical examination and conduct tests such as X-rays, MRI, or bone scans to rule out other conditions.
Treatment for CRPS can vary depending on the severity of the condition and the patient's individual needs. Some common treatment options include:
The goal of treatment is to reduce pain and improve your quality of life.
To learn more about complex regional pain syndrome, call Bellevue Pain and Wellness at (425)-998-7884 or schedule an appointment online today.