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Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS): Symptoms and Treatments

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Chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a complex and often challenging condition to manage. It is characterized by intense, chronic pain that is typically localized to one limb, and is often accompanied by other symptoms such as swelling, stiffness, and changes in skin color and temperature.

At our pain management clinic, we understand the impact that CRPS can have on a patient's quality of life, and we are committed to providing effective, personalized care that takes into account each patient's unique needs and circumstances.

There are a number of different treatments that may be effective in managing CRPS. These include:

  1. Medications: A variety of medications may be used to manage the pain associated with CRPS, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), opioids, anticonvulsants, and antidepressants.
  2. Physical therapy: Physical therapy may be helpful in managing CRPS by improving range of motion, reducing pain, and increasing strength and flexibility.
  3. Nerve blocks: Nerve blocks involve injecting medication directly into the affected nerves to block pain signals.
  4. Spinal cord stimulation: Spinal cord stimulation involves implanting a small device that delivers electrical impulses to the spinal cord, which can help to block pain signals.

It is important to note that the optimal treatment for CRPS may vary from patient to patient, and a combination of treatments may be necessary to achieve the best possible outcomes.

If you are experiencing symptoms of CRPS, we encourage you to speak with a medical professional who can help you explore your treatment options and develop a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs.


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  3. Goebel A, Barker CH, Turner-Stokes L. Complex regional pain syndrome in adults: UK guidelines for diagnosis, referral and management in primary and secondary care. London: Royal College of Physicians; 2018.

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