Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Treatment
One source of limb pain and sensitivity is complex regional pain syndrome, or CRPS. This condition is believed to be caused by nerve abnormalities, either from injury or health conditions. While the exact cause of CRPS is unknown, there are options to give patients with this chronic leg pain condition relief. Our interventional pain specialists at Ospina Medical offer advanced complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) treatment at our clinic in NYC.
Causes and Symptoms of CRPS
There are two main types of CRPS, one that is not caused by a direct nerve injury and one resulting from a nerve injury. It is estimated that 90% of CRPS cases are not due to a direct nerve injury but may follow other types of trauma such as a stroke, heart attack or serious injury. In most cases, CRPS affects one limb, such as a hand, leg or foot. Symptoms of this condition may include:
- Chronic pain (six months or longer) in the affected limb
- Limb colder or warmer than other areas on the body
- Changes in skin texture – thinner and shiny
- Changes in skin color – bluish or reddish with mottled white areas
- Swelling and stiffness in joints
- Sensitivity to touch and temperature
- Spasms and tremors
- Changes in hair or nail growth
CRPS can affect teens and adults, rarely young children. In younger adults, the prognosis is good with treatment. Older adults may experience CRPS for many years and need ongoing treatment to control the symptoms.
Treatment for complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) may vary for each patient based on their severity and symptoms. Our experienced pain experts at Ospina Medical can devise a treatment plan that effectively manages pain and other symptoms. Some treatments that have been effective for CRPS include Botox injections, anti-inflammatory medications/injections, spinal cord stimulation, physical therapy and nerve blocks.
If you have limb pain from CRPS or you are not sure of the cause of your pain, contact us at Ospina Medical today. We offer innovative diagnosis and treatment for CRPS and other chronic pain conditions at our clinic in Midtown Manhattan.