What is complex regional pain syndrome?
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) causes chronic pain that usually affects one of your limbs — an arm, leg, hand, or foot. CRPS often develops after an injury, and it’s linked to damage in the peripheral and central nervous systems.
CRPS is a neuroinflammatory condition. Researchers believe it happens because of dysfunction in either the peripheral or central nervous system, leading to abnormal nerve function. This means that though you’ve healed from an injury, your nerves still fire pain signals to your brain.
What are the symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome?
Individuals with CRPS experience a wide range of symptoms, including:
- Prolonged, excessive pain
- A burning or pins-and-needles feeling in the affected limb
- Increased sensitivity to touch
- Changes in skin color
- Stiff joints
- Sudden nail growth or no growth at all
- Intermittent changes in skin temperature
- Swelling of the affected limb
Some people with CRPS might have trouble moving the affected limb as easily as their other limbs. This can result in stiffness and/or poor coordination.
What causes complex regional pain syndrome?
In most cases, CRPS is caused by an injury to the affected limb. Common triggers are sprains, fractures, soft-tissue injuries, or surgery.
CRPS might also be more common in people who have inflammatory or autoimmune conditions, like asthma or rheumatoid arthritis.
Some research suggests that people with a family history of CRPS might experience more severe symptoms or develop CRPS earlier in life.
How is complex regional pain syndrome treated?
At Radiant Pain Relief Centres, the pain management team treats CRPS with Scrambler Therapy. This innovative, non-invasive treatment uses electro-stimulation to relieve CRPS pain without injections, surgery, or medication.
Scrambler Therapy is FDA-cleared to treat chronic pain. The treatment uses low-level electrical impulses to replace your dysfunctional pain signals with non-pain information. Over time, your brain begins to recognize this new information at non-pain signals, which relieves your chronic pain.
During the 45-minute treatment, your technician places electrodes on your skin near the areas of pain. The Scrambler Therapy device then sends electrical impulses through your nerves. Most patients need treatment every day for two weeks, with a two-day break at the end of the first week.
To find out if Scrambler Therapy for CRPS is right for you, call Radiant Pain Relief Centres today or book an appointment online.