Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

Chronic pain is considered after having pain greater than 3 months.

Is there a cure for CRPS?

At the CRPS and Neuropathic Pain Center of America, we understand the challenges faced by individuals battling Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). While a cure for CRPS remains elusive, our center offers an effective treatment option to alleviate its symptoms. Calmare® Scrambler Therapy emerges as a beacon of hope for those seeking relief from CRPS.

Calmare® Scrambler Therapy, available at CRPS and Neuropathic Pain Center of America, offers a groundbreaking approach to pain management. This innovative treatment utilizes specialized electrodes strategically placed to target the affected nerves, providing significant relief for CRPS patients. Through controlled electrical stimulation, Calmare® Scrambler Therapy disrupts the abnormal pain signals originating from damaged nerves, replacing them with soothing sensations.

The transformative power of Calmare® Scrambler Therapy lies in its ability to “scramble” the pain signals, effectively reprogramming the brain’s perception of pain. This therapy, available exclusively at our center, offers a unique and promising solution for individuals battling CRPS. Patients have experienced remarkable results, with a substantial reduction in pain and a restoration of functionality.

At the CRPS and Neuropathic Pain Center of America, we are dedicated to providing the most advanced and effective treatments for CRPS. With Calmare® Scrambler Therapy as a cornerstone of our approach, we offer renewed hope and improved quality of life for those living with this debilitating condition. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you find relief from CRPS.

What is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)?

CRPS, short for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, also know as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RDS) Syndrome is a chronic,complex and often misunderstood condition that manifests as intense and relentless pain, typically affecting a specific region of the body or full body. Often referred to as the “fire disease,” is the most painful disease known to mankind. CRPS can ignite excruciating sensations, leading to a significant decline in one’s quality of life. It can be characterized by various symptoms, including burning pain, swelling, changes in skin color and temperature, and impaired mobility. CRPS can occur after any injury, such as a twisted ankle or stubbed toe, or even as a result of fractures requiring a cast. Surgeries, such as knee or shoulder scopes, can also trigger CRPS. Additionally, CRPS can be caused by events like strokes or heart attacks, which are commonly unknown triggers. It is found that nearly 200,00 pateints are affected annually in the United States.

There are two types of of CRPS:

Type 1 can develop from unknown nerve damage and this is the most common form of CRPS. It typiclaly occurs after an injury or trauma.

Type 2, also know as causalgia, occurs after a documented nerve injury that affects the nerve.

There are three stages to CRPS:

Stage 1, The patient may experience a burning sensation, muscle spasms, joint stiffness, and rapid hair or nail groth near the injury site. Can also have vasospasm, which can cause changes in skin color and fluctuating skin temperatures.

Stage 2, the pain at the injury site intensifies, and the swelling may spread. Hair and nail growth may slow down or stop altogether. The joints start to thicken, reducing their mobility, and there is worsening loss of bone density.

Stage 3, the pain intensifies and becomes relentless. If left untreated, the damage to the skina nd bones may become permanent. The affected limb experiences significant limitation in mobility, and the muscle responsible for joint movement may spasms. In certain instances, the limb may develop contracture, resulting in loss of function. Additionally, the skin becomes highly sensitive to even the slightest touch, causing constant and severe pain.

At the CRPS and Neuropathic Pain Center of America, we specialize in understanding and advanced treatments CRPS, recognizing the complex nature of this condition. Our expert team combines advanced research, state-of-the-art treatments, and compassionate care to help individuals regain control over their lives. We provide hope, relief, and a path towards healing for those affected by CRPS. Through our comprehensive approach, we strive to unravel the complexities of this condition and empower our patients to reclaim their quality of life.

What are the symptoms of CRPS?

The signs and symptoms of CRPS include:

Increased perception of pain. When the sheets touching your foot, the pain is unbearable.

Continuous burning or throbbing pain

Pain that is out of proportion to initial injury

Pain that continues after healing has occurred

Swelling of the area

Changes in skin color. Appear blotchy red or blue or even white

Change in temperature to being very hot and/ or sweating to cold.

Change in hair or nail growth

Joint swelling and stiff

Muscle spasms, tremors, loss of muscle

Skin can look shiny or thin

Excessive sweating

A feeling of tightness around the area

Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)

Psychological: stress, depression Anxiety

Face: Headaches, Migraines, TMJ, change in vision

Stomach issues: IBS, Gastroparesis, nausea, bloating, constipation

Skin: Allodynia (painful to wash hair or brush hair), thinning, cracked, oozing

Insomnia

Brain Fog

Memory loss

Chest pain

Dizziness

Anxiety

Rash

Water causing pain and skin changes

Difficulty in sleeping

Fatigue and weakness

Sensations of Pins and needles

What causes of CRPS?

CPRS can be caused by:

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