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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

Facts

  • Complex regional pain syndrome can occur at any age and affects both men and women
  • More common in women than men
  • Most common age of occurrence is 40 years

Overview

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is a chronic pain condition involving damage or malfunction of the central and peripheral nervous systems. The pain experienced generally only affects one of the limbs (hands, arms, legs or feet). The central nervous system is comprised of the brain and spinal cord while the peripheral nervous system involves nerve signaling from the central nervous system to the rest of the body.

Types

  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome I (CPRS-I)
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome II (CPRS-II)

Symptoms

In the majority of cases, symptoms are mild and individuals recover over time however in more severe cases recovery may not occur and disability can occur. Common symptoms associated with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome include:

  • Persistent, excessive pain
  • Burning or “pins and needles” sensation
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Increased sensitivity of the affected limb
  • Constant or intermittent skin color or temperature changes of the affected limb

Diagnosis

An accurate diagnosis by a physician is beneficial in the creation of a treatment plan.  Diagnosis of CPRS is based on your individual medical history and signs and symptoms, as there is no single diagnostic test used to confirm CPRS. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) or Bone Scans may be used to identify bone metabolism changes that are characteristic to CPRS. Other test may be done to rule out other conditions with similar symptoms. A common distinguishing factor used to rule out other conditions is the notation of an injury to the affected limb.

Causes

The most common triggers for CPRS include:

  • Fractures
  • Sprains
  • Soft tissue injury i.e. burns, cuts, bruises

Occasionally, CPRS develops without any known injury.

Treatment

  • Sympathetic Nerve Block
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Acupuncture
  • Anti-inflammatory Medications
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This is my first review that I have written, but I really wanted to help those of you seeking a skilled, compassionate and professional pain management practice. I highly recommend Pinnacle Pain and Spine to anyone seeking pain treatment in this area. I have been to 3 other pain management Dr's in the past and none of them have given me the type of relief that I get from Dr Crook's treatment. He actually listens to my symptoms and reviews my past history. This has helped him to formulate a treatment plan that gives me the most benefit. His compassion and "down to earth" attitude also makes Dr. Crooks very approachable. He answers my questions in a way that I actually understand. As a result, I always have a clear understanding of my treatment plan and feel confident in his ability. I also trust that Dr. Crooks has my best interests and health in mind when he makes recommendations. His staff is also wonderful, they are very professional and friendly. They always attempt to accommodate my schedule, which is so helpful to a working mom. I truly hope that if you are reading this and are in need of pain relief that you meet with Dr. Crooks. I know that Dr. Crooks and his staff will do everything they can to help their patients reduce their level of pain and improve their quality of life.

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