Everything You Didn't Know About CRPS

Everything You Didn't Know About CRPS

Each year in the United States, 5-6 people out of every 100,000 are diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), a type of chronic pain that usually unfolds after an injury or surgery.

While CRPS is considered rare, you should still know that you’re not alone if you live with it. And more importantly, an appropriate treatment plan can help reduce your symptoms and improve your well-being. In some cases, treatment brings on lasting remission.

Our expert team of board-certified pain management specialists at Wisconsin Spine and Pain in Waukesha, West Bend, Sheboygan, Green Bay, and Greenfield, Wisconsin, specializes in diagnosing and treating CRPS to help you lead an active, pain-free life.

Take a few minutes to learn more about CRPS, including common signs and innovative treatments. 

CRPS causes a range of symptoms

Chronic pain may be the primary symptom of CRPS, but it can manifest in a range of ways. And not all of the symptoms are painful. 

While each person’s experience is unique, CRPS can cause:

CRPS symptoms may change over time

CRPS symptoms often start with pain, redness, swelling, and sensitivity to cold and touch in a particular limb. Over time, your limb may grow cold and pale. If your symptoms carry on long term without treatment, you might start noticing muscle tightening and spasms. Your symptoms may also spread from one body area to another, such as from one arm to the other.

CRPS is treatable

Diagnosis and treatment for CRPS can be difficult, given the many ways it shows up. While symptoms sometimes go away on their own in time, we recommend coming in for an exam early on to make way for the best treatment outcome. 

If your symptoms are quite advanced, they may not be reversible. Still, we can provide care that reduces your symptoms to improve your overall quality of life.

Once you’ve been diagnosed with CRPS, our experts at Wisconsin Spine and Pain make recommendations for options to ease or eliminate your symptoms, including:

To learn more about CRPS or to get the pain management you need, call our office most convenient to you or request an appointment online today. 

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