Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is chronic, unexplained pain that greatly diminishes your mobility. At Metro Anesthesia & Pain Management in West Des Moines and Des Moines, Iowa, the board-certified anesthesiologists and pain management specialists use a multimodal approach to target the underlying cause of CRPS. By treating patients in an office environment, they can help reduce the cost of your co-pays and deductibles. Call or book an appointment online to learn more.
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition that typically affects a single arm or leg. It typically starts as a result of injury or surgery. Heart attacks and strokes may also trigger CRPS.
Individuals with CRPS can experience pain in the affected area that’s more intense than it should be. For example, a simple touch or tap on the arm can lead to much greater pain than normal.
This hypersensitivity can worsen or improve over time, but lasting recovery is unpredictable without the right treatment.
Symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome vary from person to person. Common CRPS symptoms include:
Some of the consequences of CRPS are challenging to treat once they progress. Tightening skin and nail changes can cause long-term discomfort without early intervention.
While researchers don’t know the exact cause of CRPS, they suspect the peripheral or central nervous system is responsible. Two types of CRPS cause chronic pain:
Type 1 CRPS occurs after an illness, infection, or injury that didn’t damage any of the nerves in the affected region.
Far fewer people have type 1 than type 2 CRPS, typically stemming from direct trauma to the affected nerves.
CRPS often requires a multimodal approach to care that includes a combination of treatments. After a careful evaluation, which consists of a physical exam, medical history review, and a series of imaging tests, your pain specialist may recommend the following treatments for CRPS:
If you’re experiencing symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome, call Metro Anesthesia & Pain Management or schedule an appointment online today.