Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a painful long-lasting condition where the body has an exaggerated response to injury.
CRPS is an abnormal long-term response by the body to injury. The severity of pain may not be related to the severity of the initial injury. In some cases, the injury may not even be remembered.
People may experience pain in response to sensations which normally would not be painful in addition to skin sensitivity and skin changes.
CRPS affects 1 in 4,000 people every year.
Symptoms usually start one month after initial injury and continues even once initial injury has healed.
The main symptom is pain which is typically described as sharp, stabbing, stinging or burning.
People with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) may also have trouble with their mobility as a result of pain.
Other symptoms include:
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Treatment
A holistic approach is often needed to treat pain conditions. Physiotherapy, modifications to work and home environment and psychological therapies are important aspects of patient care in addition to medications.
Medical therapy is dependent on the underlying cause of pain, as addressing the underlying cause is an important component of treatment.
Simple painkillers are often first line treatment with stronger painkillers (e.g. codeine, tramadol and morphine) used in conjunction for severe pain. Some patients benefit from other bespoke treatments depending on the cause of their pain.
Medicinal cannabis can be considered when first line therapies have not achieved adequate symptom control.