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What Is CRPS?

crps Nov 17, 2020

What Is CRPS?

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) — formerly known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) — is a rare and poorly understood chronic pain condition. Because it’s not widely seen and studied, it’s often misdiagnosed by doctors, causing patients to receive the wrong treatment or no treatment at all. Keep reading to learn more about the condition, symptoms of CRPS, treatment options, and outlook.  

An Introduction to Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

CRPS is a chronic pain condition that typically affects an arm, leg, hand or foot. In the majority of cases, it develops after an injury that damages an arm or leg, like a direct blow, a fracture, a strain or sprain, a burn, or a surgical procedure. CRPS can cause intense and worsening pain that’s out of proportion to the initial injury, as well as changes in skin color, temperature and texture. 

CRPS is a neuro-inflammatory condition. Scientists believe it occurs due to dysfunction...

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