Complex regional pain syndrome symptoms may change over time and vary from person to person.
The primary symptom of complex regional pain syndrome is pain that is intense and burning and is much stronger than would be expected for the type of injury that occurred; gets worse rather than better over time; and begins at the point of injury but often spreads to the whole limb or the arm or leg on the other side of the body.
Diagnosing CRPS can be difficult, but early diagnosis is very important. Diagnosis is generally based on a physical exam and medical history. There are also tests that can help in the diagnostic process, including a bone scan, MRI or X-ray to detect bone and tissue changes, sympathetic nervous system tests to measure skin temperature and blood flow to limbs, and nerve conduction tests.
At PMIR Medical Center, we understand that pain is a complex condition that affects the whole person—body, mind and spirit. We provide a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to treatment, customizing the most effective treatment plans for our patients and empowering them to become a collaborative partner in their recovery process.
Improvement and even remission of CRPS is possible if treatment is begun within a few months of the onset of symptoms. We offer complex regional pain syndrome treatment options that include: