Complex Regional Pain Syndrome / Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (formerly known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) is a pain and sensory condition that typically affects the upper or lower extremities. CRPS is most often seen after a trauma to the arm or leg. It may begin after a very minor ankle sprain, fracture, infection, crush injury, or even after a surgery. This injury results in a rewiring of the peripheral and central nervous system where the sensory nerves become hyperexcitable. Hypersensitivity to the touch, swelling of the extremity, and temperature changes are common symptoms in addition to severe pain.

Our doctors will work with you to first make sure there are no easily correctable causes for your pain and then form a comprehensive treatment plan addressing all aspects of your pain caused by CRPS. Possible treatments range from non-invasive therapy such as physical therapy and medication to minimally invasive options such as nerve blocks and intrathecal drug therapy. Targeted nerve injections provide significant reduction in inflammation and pain. They also help localize and confirm the source of the pain, providing diagnostic information and allowing the creation of a more well-defined and accurate long-term plan of treatment. We take great care to individualize your treatment so that you are given the tools necessary to get the relief you are looking for.

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