What You Should Know about Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
It is human nature to do whatever it takes to get rid of the pain we experience. We use over-the-counter medications, rest, ice, heat, massage, compression, or a combination of these methods to find relief, but often the cause of our discomfort goes deeper than a simple sprain, strain, or overuse injury. When pain in your hand, arm, foot, or leg persists for longer than six months, it is time to consider a more complex diagnosis.
What is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is classified by chronic pain lasting more than six months, in one limb such as an arm, leg, foot, or hand. More than 90 percent of all cases of CRPS are caused by an injury or trauma to the area. The remaining cases do not have a confirmed injury but are instead caused by nerve deterioration.