Understanding Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Types 1 and 2

If you suffer from one of the two different Complex Regional Pain Syndrome types, the condition probably came on unexpectedly due to a previous physical trauma. Many individuals who are in car accidents often caused by the negligence of others find themselves with sprains or broken bones that may heal easily but later nerve damage not apparent before shows up in the form of CRPS. The pain may be exponentially worse than an initial sprain, break, or tear—and last much longer, or even indefinitely.

While many experience the onset of CRPS after a physical trauma, others may find that it presents soon after a surgery (or for some, they may never understand what caused it at all). This condition is rare as it only affects around two hundred thousand people in the US—although those figures may be underrepresented. CRPS can be difficult to understand, and difficult to diagnose. Currently, it is divided into Type 1 and Type 2, with the origins/causes being different, but most of the symptoms remaining the same in those who are affected.

  • Type 1 for CRPS is most common, with the Mayo Clinic stating that it affects 90 percent of CRPS patients. This occurs after a trauma, sickness, or surgery with indirect pain arising afterward.
  • Type 2 (previously referred to as causalgia) is the result of a definite, previous nerve injury.

Although diagnosis of CRPS can be challenging, receiving treatment as soon as possible can fend off further complications like serious problems with coordination and mobility, complete atrophy of muscles, and dystonia—which occurs when hands or feet may become paralyzed in a fixed position.

While the pain and coordination issues can cause extreme discomfort, CRPS is often accompanied by emotional issues too as the patient has trouble coping and adapting to such physical changes that may seriously constrict their quality of life. There are a variety of medications that may be recommended for the pain, from basic pain relievers to anesthetic creams, corticosteroids, and more. Physical therapy may be effective as well. For anxiety and depression and mental challenges associated with what can be a debilitating illness, it is often recommended that the CRPS patient see a therapist as needed too.

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.

All blogs are written on behalf of Heintz & Becker for informational purposes. These articles should not, however, be considered legal advice, or in any way responsible for creating an attorney/client relationship.