Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Definition

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition, usually associated with stiffness, swelling and discolouration that most often affects the hand. Arm, legs and feet can also be affected. The pain may be out of the proportion to the injury that triggered it.

CRPS was previously known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), Sudeck’s atrophy, shoulder hand syndrome and causalgia. There are two types of CRPS: Type 1 – caused by injury to the tissues and type 2 – caused by damage to a nerve. The symptoms and treatments of the both types are very similar.

 

21 September, 2012