Living With Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

How to cope with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Those suffering from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome know it isn’t something their families and friends can relate to. For someone with CRPS, a minor injury can lead to intolerable pain. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) does not have a single cause, but all causes result in similar symptoms of burning, swelling, stiffness, decreased motor skills, changes in hair and nail growth, and changes to the skin including temperature, color, and texture that affects the outer limbs (hands, arms, legs, and feet).

Untreated, CPRS can cause tissue atrophy or muscle tightening. It is important that you are treated in a timely manner to prevent more serious issues.

Oklahoma Pain Management is experienced in helping patients cope with pain associated with CPRS.

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Complex regional pain syndrome can affect both men and women, but more commonly affects women. It affects most people ages 20-40 and rarely affects elderly people and children under the age of 10.

How do we treat Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?

Every patient is different and every treatment is based on your unique condition. The most common treatments for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome include, but are not limited to, physical therapy, Sympathetic Nerve Blocks and Spinal Cord Stimulation.

Physical Therapy:  We work with a variety of physical therapists in the city to make sure the patient is educated on what physical activities they can do to help their injury and ways to manage pain. If you are interested in seeking the help of a physical therapist, we can make that referral for you.

Sympathetic nerve block: In this procedure, a small amount of anesthetic is injected next to the spine to cover a plexus of nerves, providing pain relief by dilating blood vessels and increasing blood flow to the extremities. This is both a diagnostic and therapeutic procedure.

Spinal cord stimulationAn electrode is placed next to the nerves near the spine. The affected area(s) receives electrical stimulation, which helps inhibit the painful signals from reaching the brain, providing relief for some patients who suffer from chronic pain.

Some CRPS patients may suffer from depression or other associated conditions and benefit from therapy and counseling. We have relationships with many physicians and therapists in Oklahoma City and we can refer you to the best practitioners in the state.

When it comes to pain management, Oklahoma City patients can depend on us.