Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic, evolving, painful and progressive condition that affects the distal extremities often following a traumatic injury.


What causes CRPS?

The hallmark of CRPS is extreme pain that has exceeded the time course of usual healing post injury. Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) may be associated with other concerning features such as color change of the extremity, heat or cold sensations, pain with light touch to the area, and inability to continue with work secondary to functional decline.

What are the symptoms of CRPS?

  • Swelling
  • Loss of Motion
  • Abnormal Sweating
  • Extreme sensitivity to light touch (clothing, or bed sheets)
  • Temperature changes and color changes of affected extremity

Common Treatments Available for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome