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What is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?


If you feel pain in an injured limb for more than six months, you might have complex regional pain syndrome, or CRPS. This syndrome can affect anyone of any age and can reduce a person’s quality of life immeasurably.

At Bundza & Rodriguez, we help get compensation for people injured in accidents. This compensation can include pain and suffering, as well as accompanying emotional distress. If you have been injured in an accident and are still feeling pain, we can help.

CRPS Symptoms

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the main symptoms of this syndrome are:

  • A “pins and needles” or burning sensation that might be constant
  • Increased sensitivity in the affected area
  • Swelling
  • Changes in skin color, such a blotchiness
  • Shiny or thin skin
  • Changes in the pattern of nail or hair growth
  • Stiff joints

Sometimes, pain can travel across the body. So if you feel pain in your left hand it might suddenly show up in your right hand as well. The key to a CRPS diagnosis is length of time. You typically need to feel pain for 6 months or more for it to qualify as “chronic.”

Causes of CRPS

The NIH states that around 90% of the time, CRPS is caused by trauma to the body, which you could sustain in an accident. Some of the more common triggers include:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Cuts
  • Burns
  • Bruises
  • Fractures
  • Surgery

Even something as minor as a needle stick can trigger pain, which does not abate even after the wound heals.

Doctors claim that CRPS is an exaggerated immune response to an injury, comparing it to an allergic reaction that some people have to certain triggers. Victims often have nerve abnormalities that trigger a response in the spinal cord and brain.

Treating CRPS

If you experience chronic pain, including CRPS, then you should know that there is no magic cure though some therapies have proven helpful. For example, some people will respond to physical therapy, which will improve circulation and can increase flexibility and strength. Physical therapy can often reduce pain. If not, then occupational therapy can help you learn new ways of completing daily tasks.

Some victims also respond well to medication. No single drug has been developed for CRPS, but some people respond to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), injections of botulinum toxin, or opioids, among others.

If you are suffering from CRPS, you should also consider psychotherapy to help you manage any emotional symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder. These mood disorders can make it harder for people to stick with rehabilitation or other treatment for CRPS.

Schedule a Free Consultation with One of Our Lawyers

If you were involved in an accident but continue to feel pain, you might have CRPS. A lawsuit or other claim could help you get the compensation you need to cover your medical care and replace any lost income.

Contact Bundza & Rodriguez today. One of our Daytona Beach personal injury lawyers can talk with you about your condition during a free consultation. Please call 386-252-5170 today.


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