Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is difficult for those afflicted to endure. It comes with aggressive pain, swelling, stiffness, and discoloration. The pain experienced with this condition is often disproportionate to the original injury and can start in one area of the body and spread, affecting nearly one third of its victims with widespread pain.
Although the exact cause of this condition is not known, it is believed to be associated with regulation within the central nervous system and autonomic nervous system which can affect temperature control and cause pain. Injury or surgery may be predisposing factors to this condition, but it may occur without any pinpointable stimulus.
This is not a psychosomatic injury and is an actual physical affliction. Constant pain and reduced quality of life can cause a psychological response, however, and lead to anxiety and depression. CRPS is a type of amplified musculoskeletal pain syndrome.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Diagnosing CRPS is not cut and dry unfortunately. There is no specific test to run that can easily prove that this is what you are suffering from. When we have a patient that we think is dealing with this, Our College Park chiropractors will conclude the diagnosis based on a thorough review of your medical history, symptoms, and comprehensive exam of the limbs that are affected. People with CRPS tend to baby the affected area and can feel severe pain with the most minor of touch to the area.
If you feel you are dealing with CRPS and want our help to improve your quality of life and move past this injury, call us at (404) 592-0319. With extensive experience in pain management and treatment, our chiropractors will work with you to get you functioning the way you expect and need to. Let us help you improve your quality of life and be rid of the pain.