Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Specialist

Pain Care, LLC

Interventional Spine & Pain Management located in Stockbridge, Newnan, Mcdonough, Johns Creek, & Griffin, GA

Around 200,000 Americans develop complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) every year. At Pain Care, LLC, with offices in Stockbridge, Griffin, Newnan, McDonough, and Johns Creek, Georgia, the trusted team of CRPS specialists understands the intricacies of this complicated condition, and they can relieve your chronic discomfort using the latest proven medical protocols. Book an appointment online or by phoning the nearest Metro Atlanta area office now.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Q & A

What is complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

Complex regional pain syndrome or CRPS is a chronic condition that causes severe pain, usually in one limb. The pain that occurs with CRPS is far more intense than it should be; for example, a light touch on your hand may trigger a severe pain reaction if you have CRPS.

What are the symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome?

Complex regional pain syndrome can affect everyone differently, but symptoms usually appear in one arm, hand, leg, or foot. Some common CRPS symptoms include:

  • Persistent burning or throbbing pain 
  • Swelling 
  • Stiffness
  • Tremors
  • Weakness
  • Restricted limb movement
  • Temperature sensitivity
  • Skin is hotter or colder than the opposite limb
  • Skin color is paler or redder than the opposite limb
  • Skin texture changes - shiny, scaly, thin, or thick
  • Abnormally fast or slow hair and nail growth

Over time, symptoms may occur constantly, and you could suffer complications like tissue atrophy (wasting) and muscle contracture (muscle tightening that prevents movement). 

What causes CRPS?

The exact cause of CRPS isn't certain, but experts believe that CRPS happens because of an injury, dysfunction, or trauma within the peripheral nervous system. That, in turn, causes further effects within the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). But, it's uncertain why some people develop CRPS after an injury and others don't. 

There are two types of CRPS, with different triggering events. Type 1 CRPS occurs following a medical event that didn't directly damage the nerves within your affected limb. Type 2 CRPS happens when you have a direct nerve injury, which is far rarer. 

Some common examples of triggering events include fractures, crushing injuries, splinting or casting, infections, and surgery.

What is the treatment for complex regional pain syndrome?

The treatment for CRPS at Pain Care, LLC, often includes a few strategies at once. Most people get good results from pain medication, cold therapy, heat therapy, and physical therapy, along with interventional procedures. A series of nerve block injections can desensitize the painful nerves, essentially resetting your nerve signaling to curb pain. 

Some medications, while not made specifically for CRPS, may help with CRPS symptoms and effects, including antidepressants and anticonvulsants, among many others. 

If your CRPS symptoms persist, the Pain Care, LLC, team may recommend radiofrequency neurotomy or an implanted neuromodulation device like a spinal cord stimulator (SCS). 

An SCS or other forms of neuromodulation, such as a dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulator or a peripheral nerve stimulator, can alter pain signals to relieve your pain significantly. Pain Care, LLC, uses the most innovative neuromodulation systems from Nevro®, Medtronic, StimWave Technologies, and Boston Scientific.

Regenerative medicine services may also help with some cases of CRPS.

To learn more about the latest treatments for CRPS, call Pain Care, LLC, or click the provided scheduling link now.