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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Explained

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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition that can be absolutely debilitating to patients who experience it. This article is all about Complex Regional Pain Syndrome – its causes, symptoms, and treatment options.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Defined

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS for short) is a chronic pain condition in which a patient experiences extreme, recurring pain in a specific area of the body. Some of the symptoms of CRPS can include:

• Pain that gets worse over time
• Burning pain
• Joint stiffness
• Skin changes

Treating CRPS

Treating CRPS effectively often requires a multi-faceted approach. The first step in the treatment process is to obtain an accurate diagnosis. Since the symptoms of CRPS can overlap with a variety of other conditions, it’s essential to get reach a diagnosis first and foremost. Your pain management physician can diagnose the condition by way of a physical exam, in addition to various diagnostic tests. Once you have a diagnosis, you and your physician can work together to develop a treatment strategy for your situation. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for CRPS, but there are ways to alleviate symptoms. Treatment options vary depending on the severity of symptoms and other factors, but may include pain medication, physical therapy, injections, and other methods.

Board-Certified Pain Management

At Central Medical Clinic, we specialize in treating patients suffering from painful conditions and injuries. Whether you are dealing with a chronic pain condition, or you’re recovering from a painful injury – we can help. Dr. Alfonso Morales is a board-certified pain management doctor with years of experience treating patients throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs. Reach out to us today to set up your appointment with Dr. Morales and the rest of the team at Central Medical. Our primary clinic is located in St. Paul but we provide care to patients throughout the Twin Cities metro.


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