Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) was previously known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD).  It is a form of chronic and often debilitating pain that is most commonly felt in the limbs as swelling, burning, discomfort or numbness. It is sometimes experienced in conjunction with changes in skin appearance, texture, color and/or muscle spasms. In many cases, CRPS will happen after a major event such as a stroke or heart attack.

Patients with CRPS typically have allodynia (pain to the touch), redness, skin changes, and constant burning pain, typically in a leg or arm.

The most common triggers of CRPS are:

  • Fractures

  • Muscle sprains or strains

  • Soft tissue injury (like burns, cuts, or bruises)

  • Immobile limbs (being in a cast)

  • Surgical procedures

Signs and symptoms of CRPS can include:

  • Recurring throbbing pain, usually in one of your arms, legs, hands, or feet

  • Swelling near the affected area

  • Changes to the color of your skin (can range from white to red or blue)

  • Changes to the texture of your skin

  • Changes to your hair and nail growth

  • Joint stiffness

  • Weakened muscles

  • Muscle spasms

At Comprehensive Pain Consultants we understand how terrible and painful this disease can be. The best results in treating CRPS come with early and aggressive treatment. Do not hesitate to call our team today to address CRPS at one of our Asheville-area pain management clinics.