How Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Affects the Body

What is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Complex regional pain syndrome, commonly referred to as CRPS, is a nerve-related condition that causes patients to experience debilitating chronic pain. This condition typically manifests due to trauma, surgery, infection, or disease that has resulted in nerve damage. This is a common condition among auto accident survivors and those who underwent surgery that resulted in severe nerve damage. 

This condition can be difficult to diagnose and treat since the issue lies within the nervous system, which is not easily visible through typical diagnostic imaging modalities. If you are suffering from CRPS, it is important to understand the physical and mental effects of the condition. Continue reading to learn everything you need to know as a CRPS patient. 

The Physical Effects of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) can have a multitude of physical effects on the body due to its chronic and debilitating nature. These effects can include severe burning pain, swelling, skin temperature and color changes, muscle stiffness, and decreased range of motion. Most often, patients experience these symptoms in a specific limb, the legs or the arms. Patients can have difficulty walking, writing, and engaging in other everyday tasks and activities depending on where the pain manifests. 

The Mental Effects of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

The chronic pain, physical disabilities, and psychological distress experienced by CRPS patients can lead to anxiety, depression, and even post-traumatic stress disorder. The constant discomfort and uncertainty surrounding the progression of the disease can disrupt daily activities, relationships, and overall quality of life. Many patients with CRPS can find comfort in speaking to a therapist to discuss their concerns and anxieties.

Spinal Cord Stimulation Treatment with BEST Health System

BEST Health System is the leader in spinal cord stimulation treatment. We employ in-demand doctors who have experience helping patients with various conditions manifesting chronic pain sensations. Regardless of your unique condition, we work with you to find the best treatment approach. 

Don’t wait to get the help you deserve. Contact us today to learn more.