Treating Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic neuropathic pain that follows soft-tissue or bone injury (type I) or nerve injury (type II). CRPS generally last longer and is more severe than expected for the original tissue damage. Other typical signs of CRPS include autonomic changes (e.g. sweating, vasomotor abnormalities), motor changes (e.g. weakness, dystonia), and trophic changes (e.g. skin or bone atrophy and hair loss). It is imperative to immediately diagnose CRPS because the later the diagnosis, the less likely it is to successfully treat the condition.
If you or a loved one suffered CRPS as a result of an injury caused by the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to compensation. You should immediately consult with an experienced Orange County CRPS injury attorney to protect your legal rights and help you get the full compensation that you deserve.
Treatment for CRPS
The main goal for all treatments of complex regional pain syndrome is to increase the mobility of the limb that is affected. Treating CRPS is generally unsatisfactory, especially if there was a late diagnosis. Typical treatments include:
• Physical therapy
• Sympathetic blockade
• Psychological treatments
Many of the drugs used to treat CRPS are the same drugs that are used for neuropathic pain, such as tricyclic antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and corticosteroids. If long-term is necessary to treat the condition, doctors may prescribe opiod analgesics.
Some CRPS patients, whose pain is sympathetically maintained, may see relief with regional sympathetic blockade. This type of treatment allows the patient to be able to tolerate physical therapy as well.
Another type of treatment that is more invasive includes the implantation of a spinal cord stimulator to target localized symptoms. There are types of neuromodulation available as well.
The bottom line is that there are a number of different types of therapies available if you have been diagnosed with CRPS. The best treatment for you depends on how early you were diagnosed, the type of CRPS you were diagnosed with, and a number of other key factors. But the most important thing is to immediately seek medical treatment if you notice any signs of CRPS.
Contact an Experienced Orange County CRPS Injury Attorney
At the Law Offices of Samer Habbas, we specialize in personal injury litigation of all matters – especially emerging cases involving CRPS. Our Los Angeles CRPS injury attorneys will work hard to protect your legal rights, refer you to the best medical specialists, and try to recover all of your CRPS-related expenses. For more information to schedule a free consultation with our legal team, please call 949-558-3421.