Unless you know someone suffering from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) or have it yourself, chances are you may be unaware that the condition even exists. Characterized by a wide range of unusual symptoms, Type 1 (also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome or RSD) is often a condition that takes the patient by surprise. They may have been in a car crash, motorcycle accident, or another incident, and experienced a sprain or broken bone that already healed by the time CRPS symptoms arose. They may have also had a major surgery like an amputation or even just a minor procedure in a doctor’s office that triggered Type 1.
Type 2 CRPS (also known as causalgia) is usually brought on by direct nerve damage. Although the symptoms may be the same for both types, this form usually stays within the area that was affected at the time of nerve damage. Both Type 1 and Type 2 can be managed better for most patients if medical professionals are able to make a rapid diagnosis, but unfortunately that is not always so easy. There aren’t any specific tests for CRPS, but medical professionals may use a combination of tools to rule out the condition. They may examine an MRI or CT scan first, along with bone scans, looking for tissue changes. Doctors may also perform nerve system tests meant to gauge temperature and blood flow.
Symptoms often include changes to the skin, including discoloration and transformation in texture. Swelling and sensitivity are common, along with ongoing temperature changes from hot to cold to clammy or sweaty. Muscle spasms, weakness, issues with coordination, and more may occur, but the main symptom almost all patients have in common is pain. Depending on severity, it may be treated with something as simple as over-the-counter pain relievers. If something stronger is necessary, doctors may prescribe opioids, along with other medications to alleviate symptoms such as anticonvulsants, corticosteroids, nerve blockers, and more.
There are also numerous therapies available for CRPS. Physical therapy is often prescribed, along with heat therapy and other alternative forms such as mirror therapy, electrical nerve stimulation, biofeedback, and more.
Were you in an accident due to the negligence of others that triggered CRPS? If so, please call Heintz & Becker today to consult with a skilled CRPS lawyer. 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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