Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a disorder which causes chronic discomfort in one or more parts of the body. Typically, the pain is felt in the arms or legs. Anyone can show symptoms of CRPS, although, the syndrome affects more women than men. There are two types of complex regional pain syndrome:
Complex regional pain syndrome is often characterized by prolonged, sometimes constant pain. Symptoms may include:
Those affected by CRPS often develop more serious problems over time. In severe cases, this could include the complete inability to use a limb, a slowing of normal functions (e.g., hair growth) and problems healing.
Because of the variety of individual symptoms that arise, it can be difficult to properly diagnose complex regional pain syndrome. Typically, complex regional pain syndrome develops after an injury, surgery, heart attack or another form of physical trauma. However, the exact cause of this condition is not fully understood.
The doctors at Advanced Pain Care primarily focus on relieving the symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome. Pain medications and epidural steroid injection are commonly prescribed to relieve discomfort. In some cases, patients will surgery to remove the nerves that are the source of their discomfort. If you are suffering from complex regional pain syndrome in Austin, Waco, Round Rock, Georgetown or Cedar Park make an appointment with us as soon as possible.