Chronic regional pain syndrome, or CRPS, is a potentially immobilizing condition that can be effectively treated by local “Top Doc” Dr. Nikesh Seth. CRPS most often develops following surgery, heart attacks, strokes, or an injury. However, when following an injury, the pain of CRPS is much more intense than what can be expected from the initial injury.
Although CRPS isn’t very common, that’s of little comfort to those in Phoenix struggling with it. The condition isn’t completely understood, but we do know that treatment works best when started as early as possible. In some cases, CRPS can even go into remission. Common symptoms of CRPS include hot and cold sensitivity, burning or throbbing pain (usually in the limbs), skin texture or color changes, joint swelling and stiffness, decreased mobility, and muscle spasms or strength loss.
Symptoms can differ in each person and change with time. However, the first symptoms are usually redness, pain, swelling, and sensitivity to cold and hot. In time, the affected area can turn pale and cold. The fingernails or toenails may change and muscles can start to feel tight. By this stage, CRPS can be very difficult to reverse.
Since most CRPS instances are caused by an injury or trauma, it’s no surprise that CRPS is most common in sunny states where residents are quite active. All of those hiking treks, cycling expeditions, and weekends rock climbing might be good for your overall health, but it also comes with risks. Phoenix CRPS patients may have been very active prior to their symptoms.
There are two types of CRPS. Type 1 happens after an injury or illness but does not damage the nerves. Most patients have Type 1. Type 2 is the same as Type 1, but with nerve damage. Treating CRPS is highly personalized. Decreasing pain, swelling, and inflammation is one priority and might be addressed with CBD or joint injections. Increasing mobility and flexibility is also critical, and this might be achieved with MUA, particularly if the CRPS occurred after a surgery like knee replacement.
When nerves are suspected to be damaged, additional treatments may be required. ARP Wave Therapy can help determine the why of pain instead of just the where. CRPS can be difficult to treat, but not impossible. The sooner you start working with a pain expert, the better your chances of remission. To schedule your consultation with Integrated Pain Consultants today, call 480-626-2552.