Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
Causes, Symptoms, Complications, Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment

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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Prevention

To prevent the development of CRPS, below mentioned are a few precautions:

  • Taking vitamin C after a wrist fracture
  • Early mobilization after a stroke

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Diagnosis

The diagnostic tools for this condition are:

  • Bone scan
  • Sweat production tests
  • X-rays
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Yashoda Hospitals, Hyderabad is equipped with one of the best facilities and modern technologies which helps us to detect the conditions with greater efficiency, making us one of the top centers for diagnosis in India.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Treatment

Even though this condition cannot be treated completely, there are a few strategies used for the management of the Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. These are:

  • Pain relievers: Administration of pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen, etc to ease mild pain and control the inflammation on doctors advice. 
  • Antidepressants and anticonvulsants: Prescribed medication are employed for the pain that arises from a damaged nerve. 
  • Corticosteroids: The use of steroid medications may help in reducing the inflammation and improving the mobility of the limb. 
  • Bone-loss medications: Doctor recommended medication to prevent bone loss. 
  • Sympathetic nerve-blocking medication: Use of anesthetics to block the pain fibers of the affected nerves. 
  • Intravenous ketamine: Ketamine in low doses is used to alleviate pain associated with CRPS. 
  • Heat therapy: It is done to relieve the swelling.
  • Topical analgesics: Topical creams or patches are usually preferred to reduce the hypersensitivity reaction. 
  • Physical or occupational therapy: Gentle exercises of the affected limbs helps in decreasing the pain. 
  • Mirror therapy: The patient is asked to sit before a mirror and move the healthy limb to trick the brain into thinking that it is the limb affected by CRPS. 
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS): Use of electrical impulses at the nerve endings. 
  • Spinal cord stimulation: Small electrodes are placed along the spinal cord and the resulting electric current relieves the pain.
  • Intrathecal drug pumps: Pain-relieving drugs are pumped into the spinal cord fluid. 
  • Acupuncture: Thin needles are used to stimulate the nerves. 

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Treatment

Our team consists of orthopedic surgeons, trauma surgeons, physical medicine experts, physiotherapists, and a bone specialist doctor, with their dedicated care and support we have become one of the top hospitals in Hyderabad for the treatment of complex regional pain syndrome.  

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  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Phsio-pedia. Available at: https://www.physio-pedia.com/Complex_Regional_Pain_Syndrome_(CRPS) Accessed on June 13, 2020.
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Versus Arthritis. Available at: https://www.versusarthritis.org/about-arthritis/conditions/complex-regional-pain-syndrome-crps/ Accessed on June 13, 2020.
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