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Living with CRPS: Understanding the Causes, Symptoms & Treatment Options

Complex regional pain syndrome (CPRS)

Complex regional pain syndrome (CPRS) is a condition that causes pain in extremities, usually an arm or a leg. The neurological condition develops after surgery, a heart attack or an injury. There are several treatment options for CRPS offered at Pro Spine & Pain. Discover the causes, symptoms, and available treatments to help CRPS patients regain control of their lives.

What is CRPS and Its Impact on Patients?

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition primarily affecting the limbs. CRPS is characterized by severe, persistent pain often disproportionate to the initial injury or event. This debilitating condition can significantly impact a patient’s quality of life, making even simple daily tasks challenging.

Types of CRPS:

CRPS is classified into two types.

  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Causalgia

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy occurs without a confirmed nerve injury, known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy. While Causalgia is linked to a distinct nerve injury known as causalgia. Both types share similar symptoms, but their underlying causes and risk factors differ.

Causes and Risk Factors of CRPS: Including Trauma and Surgery:

The exact cause of CRPS remains unknown, but more than 90% of cases develop following trauma or surgery. Risk factors include fractures, sprains, burns, and even minor injuries. In some cases, CRPS can also result from medical procedures such as injections or surgical interventions.

Symptoms of CRPS such as Swelling, Color Changes, and Sensitivity:

The symptoms of CRPS start within a month or two after surgery, fracture or an injury. Whereas the most prominent sign is constant pain with burning, tearing and stinging sensations. Other symptoms include changes in skin temperature, skin color (ranging from blotchy to red or blue), Changes in hair and nail growth, and swelling in the painful area. 

The severity and duration of symptoms can vary from person to person, which may change over time, making CRPS a challenging condition to diagnose and treat. 

The Importance of Early Diagnosis and the Diagnostic Process:

Early diagnosis is crucial for CRPS management, as it can help prevent the condition from worsening and improve the chances of successful treatment. The diagnostic process typically involves a thorough physical examination, patient history, and various tests to rule out other potential causes of pain.

Treatment options at Pro Spine & Pain :

At Pro Spine & Pain, our interventional pain doctors offer a range of CRPS treatment options, including lumbar sympathetic nerve blocks, spinal cord stimulation, and medication management. Our personalized approach ensures that each patient receives the most effective treatment plan tailored to their unique needs.

The Role of Physical Therapy and Counselling in Managing CRPS:

In addition to medical interventions, physical therapy and psychological counselling play a vital role in CRPS management. Physical therapy helps restore function and mobility, while counselling addresses the emotional challenges associated with chronic pain.

Real-life success stories from our CRPS patients:

Our dedicated team of interventional pain doctors at Pro Spine & Pain has helped numerous CRPS patients find relief and regain control of their lives. Read about their inspiring journeys and how our comprehensive treatment plans have made a difference.


At Pro Spine & Pain, our interventional pain doctors provide personalized care and comprehensive CRPS treatment options to help patients reclaim their lives. Contact us today to discuss your CRPS treatment plan.