Whenever pain in hands or feet persists beyond the normal recovery time, especially when it becomes associated with “weird” symptoms such as hypersensitivity, changes in color, temperature, and skin texture and extension up the limb, complex regional pain syndrome or reflex sympathetic dystrophy should be considered a diagnostic possibility.”
In our clinic, the most common scenario for CRPS is after surgery in the upper or lower limb. However, some patients develop CRPS after twisting an ankle or after insect bites.
Management of CRPS is complex. Interventional pain management starts with sympathetic ganglion blocks, either in the lumbar area, or in the cervical region (also called stellate sympathetic ganglion blocks).
When CRPS pain does not respond to other treatments, spinal cord stimulation therapy is very effective in controlling its symptoms of pain, swelling, skin color and textures changes.Watch a video about complex regional syndrome:
If you think you might suffer from CRPS, contact us for an appointment!