Did You Develop Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) After a Car Accident?

Complex regional pain syndrome is a condition that may affect an individual after an accident, injury, surgery, or another event that causes damage to the nervous system. Car crashes are often a precursor to the onset of CRPS, although the original injury may have been considerably minor in comparison to the discomfort and pain being caused by CRPS.

If you were in a car accident, you may have been seriously hurt, or just sustained minor bumps, bruises, or maybe a sprain. Common issues after a car crash can include brain injuries, spinal injuries, broken bones, internal injuries, and more. Along with that comes the stress of property damage, emotional trauma, and the hassles of dealing with insurance companies. If you have been injured due to the negligence of another motorist, contact an experienced car accident attorney from a firm like Heintz & Becker as soon as possible. You may also want to consult with an experienced CRPS attorney if you have begun experiencing symptoms associated with the condition after your car wreck (or any other event).

Affecting around two hundred thousand people in the US, CRPS may come as an unpleasant surprise to those who have experienced a more minor issue such as a sprain, but suddenly find themselves with a much worse condition featuring painful symptoms such as burning and extreme sensitivity in one limb. Some cases of CRPS may be so severe that they cause permanent disability, while others may be milder and disappear after just a few months. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, if you have CRPS, you may also experience unusual transformations to the skin, to include a shininess or discoloration. Your skin may also feel unusually cold or sweaty. The joints may be very stiff, and movement may be constricted due to pain and swelling. In more extreme cases, muscles may become ‘fixed’ in one position (for example, a hand may remain curled up) or there may be involuntary jerking and shaking of the limbs.

While it is usually clear why CRPS began, due to injury in a car crash or another complication, in some cases its origins may be unknown. Diagnosis is not always quick and easy, and testing is usually done to rule out other conditions first. A range of scans may be effective in diagnosis, such as CTs, MRIs, or bone scans. Treatment varies too according to the area affected and the severity of the condition. Doctors may prescribe over-the-counter pain relievers, corticosteroids, anti-seizure drugs, topical creams, and more.

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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