Important Facts You Should Know About Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

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Do you sometimes suffer from pain possibly from an old or new injury and it just doesn’t go away? Have you taken pain the medication only to realise that it only relieves the pain temporally? If you’re experiencing the above, then you might be suffering from complex regional pain syndrome.

Speaking to a professional chiropractor about the pain can help them to understand what you’re dealing with. Chiropractors often help patients manage pain through specialised chiropractic treatment.

What is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is the name to describe a pain that continues for more than 6 months. Most patients describe the pain to be like pins and needles. Others say that they experience a burning sensation in the affected area.

What causes CRPS remains unknown.

Complex regional pain syndrome stages occur in the following order:

Complex regional pain syndrome type 1 or (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome aka RDS)

Most patients who suffer from CRPS are experiencing “type I.” The injury or illness that leads to CRPS did not affect any nerves. However, the patient is still experiencing pain.

Complex regional pain syndrome 2

Type II directly affects the nerves of the injured region. The patient may experience the same symptoms as in Type I which is common symptoms.

Symptoms of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Regional pain syndrome can seem like a regular injury. Symptoms include but are not limited to the following:

  • The skin of the affected area look thin
  • Joints that is affected becomes stiff
  • Less range and mobility
  • Sometimes patients experience tremors or spasms in the region
  • Swelling may occur
  • Temperature changes may also be experienced in the region affected

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome treatment options

There are various treatment options including physical therapy. Some patients may receive anti-inflammatory medication.

Over the counter medications often have side-effects. Patients should refrain from operating any heavy machinery or driving. One of the most common side-effects of OTC meds includes drowsiness.

Other forms of medication may include corticosteroids to reduce inflammation. The doctor may also prescribe a nerve-blocking medicine. This medication restricts nerve fibres from
detecting pain.

Chiropractic treatment for CRPS may include spinal cord stimulation, adjustments, as well as, hot and cold therapy.

Before starting the treatment, the patient will undergo a series of examinations and tests. These could include x-rays, an MRI, and a bone scan to name a few.

Every patient receives customised treatment.

If you need help managing pain then speak to a chiropractor today!

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