Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), is a chronic pain and sensory condition that affects the upper and lower extremities (arms and legs), typically. Some may recognize this condition as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy as that is it’s former name. Females tend to be affected by this more often than men and it usually occurs between the ages of 40-60. The symptoms one may see with CRPS are Allodynia (light stroking of the area is extremely sensitive and painful), Hyperalgesia (more painful than normal), skin color changes, swelling, muscle atrophy, limited range of motion, and change in hair growth. A pain physician must do an immediate evaluation if one is suspected to have CRPS. Many times if diagnosed early in the pain syndrome life cycle (within first 3 months), treatments can be rendered that can stop this pain syndrome from continuing and return of function is possible. However, if initially misdiagnosed, this pain syndrome can persist and become chronic and start to result in functional decline. Even when this occurs there are treatments here at Wasatch Pain Solutions that can be offered to help reduce and help patients return to a happy and fulfilling life.