While complex regional pain syndrome is known as a rare condition, at least 200,000 people suffer from it annually in the US. Characterized by deep pain in the limbs which may even feel cold or as if burning, CRPS is often caused by a trauma or injury. If you are suffering from this condition after an accident that was due to the negligence of others, consult with an experienced injury law firm like Heintz & Becker as soon as possible.
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, CRPS is a chronic illness that is often triggered by a trauma of some kind. Damage to the nervous system causes CRPS to manifest itself usually in one limb, with pain and swelling accompanied by variations in temperature and even skin tones like red or blue, or a combination of blotches. Tingling in the one limb is a common symptom, along with pain that radiates along the arm or leg. This may happen even if only a small portion of the limb was hurt initially. CRPS may also cause skin to appear glossy or extra thin, and nails and hair may be affected on hands and feet and limbs. Movement may be affected, and in some cases, is stiff, spastic, or fixed.
CRPS-1 usually refers to those without diagnosis of nerve issues, while CRPS-II relates to patients who have been diagnosed with damaged nerves. Cases range from minor to severe, and may sometimes result in permanent disability. It is crucial to seek treatment for CRPS as soon as you realize something is wrong. The Mayo Clinic states that if the condition is left unchecked you could find yourself facing serious issues such as atrophy of the affected limb, as the muscles and surrounding area begin to grow weaker and weaker over time. Contracture of the muscles is a possible consequence also if treatment is not sought, with hands and feet becoming so stiffened that they are basically stuck or ‘fixed’ in one position.
This condition is usually diagnosed with X-Rays and/or an MRI, as well as bone scans and a variety of tests which evaluate the nervous system for erratic symptoms such as temperature fluctuations, blood flow, and more. CRPS does not affect everyone; for instance, many who have been in car or truck accidents may have other injuries but do not go on to develop CRPS while some do.
If you have been affected by an injury caused by the negligence of others and are seeking a skilled CRPS lawyer, contact Heintz & Becker today. Our attorneys have helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help, and if you cannot come to us, we will come to you.
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