CRPS Specialist

Wisconsin Spine and Pain

Pain Management serving Waukesha, Green Bay, Sheboygan, West Bend, and Greenfield, WI

Chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition that causes a wide range of symptoms that may change over time, making it difficult to treat. The experienced team at Wisconsin Spine and Pain in Waukesha, West Bend, Sheboygan, Green Bay, and Greenfield, Wisconsin, specializes in diagnosing and treating CRPS. They offer many state-of-the-art techniques to ease your symptoms so you can live a healthy and active life without pain. Call the office most convenient to you or book an appointment online today.

CRPS Q&A

What is CRPS?

Chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a painful condition that affects the limbs — arms, hands, legs, or feet — after an injury. Researchers theorize the condition develops from damage to your peripheral and central nervous system.


There are two types of CRPS:

CRPS-1

People with CRPS-1 have symptoms of CRPS but without confirmed nerve damage.

CRPS-2

People with CRPS-2 have confirmed nerve damage to explain their symptoms. 

The pain management experts at Wisconsin Spine and Pain use similar treatments to manage both types of CRPS. 

What causes CRPS?

The exact cause of CRPS isn’t always clear. However, most people develop the chronic pain condition after an injury, trauma, or damage to the tiny sensory and autonomic nerves in the affected limb. 

These tiny nerves transmit sensory information from your skin to your brain. They also control the functions of the small blood vessels in the area and the health of the surrounding cells. 

Unlike other nerves, your small sensory and autonomic nerves lack the protective myelin sheath covering, making them more vulnerable to damage. 

What are the symptoms of CRPS?

Symptoms of CRPS vary in type and severity and may change over time. Common symptoms include:

  • Ongoing burning or throbbing pain in the affected limb
  • Sensitivity to touch or temperature
  • Swelling in the affected limb
  • Change in skin color or texture in the affected limb
  • Change in hair or nail growth
  • Joint stiffness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Decreasing mobility in the affected body part
  • Bone loss or excessive bone growth 
  • Muscle wasting or weakness

Not everyone with CRPS experiences the same symptoms, which can make getting an accurate diagnosis difficult. If you have pain in your hand, arm, leg, or foot, the Wisconsin Spine and Pain experts can provide the help you need. 

How is CRPS diagnosed?

There’s no single test for diagnosing CRPS. The Wisconsin Spine and Pain team conducts a comprehensive history and physical to understand your pain condition and diagnose CRPS. 

They also perform various diagnostic tests, such as nerve conduction studies, MRIs, ultrasound imaging, and bone scans to rule out other conditions that might explain your symptoms. 

How is CRPS treated?

The team at Wisconsin Spine and Pain offers many innovative treatments and therapies to relieve the symptom of CRPS, including:

  • Physical therapy
  • Pain medication
  • Biofeedback
  • Lumbar sympathetic nerve block
  • Stellate ganglion nerve block
  • Neurostimulation therapy
  • Intrathecal pump implant

Getting an early diagnosis and treatment plan in place may help improve your chances of a full recovery from your CRPS. 

Call Wisconsin Spine and Pain or schedule a consultation online today.