Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
(Formerly know as "RSD")
This is a type of chronic, long-lasting, pain. In most
cases, it develops in an arm or a leg that you have
previously injured. With CRPS, you may have
unexplained pain that won't go away. It may be
severe, and it 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 sprain, a fracture, a burn or a
medical procedure. CRPS may involve your
immune system along with your nervous system.
The genes you have inherited 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 colors, and it may feel warm or
cool. It may be so sensitive that even a light touch
hurts. You may have other issues, such as
abnormal sweating, a change in 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 such as nerve medications. A series of nerve blocks to stop the sympathetic chain may be indicated to break the ongoing pain cycle. . You may
benefit from a device such as a spinal cord simulator which can change the signals from "pain" to "tingling". CRPS could be a serious condition requiring an experienced provider and a cutting edge clinic and NorTex is here to help.
Watch the video description below
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome by Dr. Ghalambor