Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic condition that typically affects the legs or arms. Essentially, CRPS occurs when high levels of nerve impulses affect a specific site, typically due to poor function in the peripheral or central nervous systems. This condition is also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD).
The primary responsibility of the peripheral nervous system is to connect the central nervous system to the organs and limbs for proper function. The central nervous system collects the information and coordinates the activity of all body parts. There are two types of CRPS:
CRPS can develop due to:
When nervous system dysfunction occurs, the damaged nerves lose proper blood flow and sensation. As a result, patients experience an intense burning pain that becomes progressively worse over time. This pain typically begins in the initial local area, but can eventually spread through the entire limb.
Some of the symptoms of CRPS include:
With the progression of this disease, limited movement can be a serious factor with patients suffering from complex regional pain syndrome. Symptoms associated with CRPS can limit one’s quality of life and contribute to anxiety or depression.
Although there is no definite cure for CRPS, slowing down the progression can provide patients with the opportunity to live life as normal as possible. Our professional spine care physicians help you restore function and improve your quality of life. Treatments may include injections in the form of sympathetic nerve blocks or spinal cord stimulation. Please reach out to our office to learn more about how we can help you.