Tips for Managing Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Understanding Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a nerve-related condition that causes patients to experience debilitating pain in a singular limb. Although the specific cause is unknown, CRPS is expected to manifest as the result of dysfunction in the nervous system. This dysfunction leads to abnormal signaling of pain sensations, causing heightened sensitivity. Patients with this condition often experience a tingling, numbness, or shooting pain sensation in the affected limb. This pain is difficult to manage, making at-home and external treatment options vital to patients with CRPS. 

BEST Health System is a modern health system offering advanced surgeries and treatments. If you have been diagnosed with CRPS or you suspect you might have it, we are here to help you find relief. Continue reading to learn more about complex regional pain syndrome treatment with BEST Health System. 

Tips to Manage Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Symptoms

Effectively managing complex regional pain syndrome can be difficult, especially when the pain is inconsistent. At BEST, we work closely with patients to help them find meaningful relief for their chronic pain. From at-home therapies to surgical interventions, we help patients through each step.

1. Finding Effective At-Home Relief Methods for CRPS

Exploring at-home relief options is often the first step for many patients. This will help them achieve relief without needing treatments in a clinical setting. Therapies including alternating hot and cold packs, stretching and yoga, and meditation are excellent ways to manage complex regional pain syndrome.

Additionally, implementing lifestyle changes such as healthy eating, limiting drinking, quitting smoking, and exercising can often improve the patient’s overall health and prevent nerve damage from worsening. Although nerve damage is not reversible, it is possible to prevent it from spreading to other limbs or becoming worse. 

2. Start a Physical Therapy Program

If at-home methods are ineffective, there is a strong chance that patients will ask their doctor for additional treatment. Physical therapy is often the first option recommended to these patients seeking relief. During physical therapy, patients will work with their doctor to strengthen their muscles, improve flexibility, and find ways to manage their discomfort. Physical therapists utilize a combination of manual techniques, modalities such as heat and cold therapy, exercise prescription, and education on proper body mechanics to help patients with CRPS regain control over their movement and reduce pain levels.

3. Explore Pain Management Medications

A large portion of patients with complex regional pain syndrome can find relief through a course of anti-inflammatory pain medications. Oftentimes, over-the-counter medicines such as Ibuprofen can help patients manage their discomfort without the need for a prescription. However, if patients still experience pain, they may consider consulting with their doctor about prescribed medications. 

4. Consider Alternative Methods

Alternative therapies have emerged as promising interventions for managing CRPS due to their focus on holistic and non-invasive approaches. Some alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, biofeedback, and chiropractic care, have shown efficacy in reducing pain levels and improving function in individuals with CRPS. Acupuncture, in particular, has been found to modulate pain perception and promote relaxation through the stimulation of specific points in the body. 

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Treatment with BEST Health System

If you have complex regional pain syndrome, we understand how important it is for you to find relief. At BEST Health System, we work closely with patients to help them determine an effective treatment approach. Whether you are seeking a diagnosis or if you are in the early stages of treatment, BEST is here to help you find a solution. 

Spinal Cord Stimulation Program with BEST

For patients who have explored conservative therapies but continue to experience severe pain, you may be wondering about what’s next. Many CRPS patients can find relief through spinal cord stimulation therapy – a modern solution for chronic pain. 

Spinal cord stimulator devices use tiny electrical impulses to disturb faulty pain signals before they reach the brain. SCS devices can be surgically implanted and allow patients to take control of their treatment. BEST Health System offers a spinal cord stimulator trial so patients can explore the treatment before committing to surgical intervention. With clinics across the United States, BEST is your home for all chronic pain concerns.