Pain After an Injury Could Be CRPS
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a condition that causes severe chronic pain, changes in body hair and nail growth, redness, and fluctuations in skin temperature. Although doctors do not understand it very well, most patients acquire CRPS after an injury, especially in the arms or legs.
Research shows that an estimated seven percent of children who suffer from a leg or an arm injury will develop CRPS while eight in ten adults will develop the condition after an injury. Pain usually worsens over time and becomes difficult to treat. Because of this, it is important to receive an early diagnosis so that proper treatment can be administered.
Treatment of CRPS includes several different therapy approaches selected by a team of therapists and doctors experienced in chronic pain management. Treatment often includes a range of occupational, psychological and physical therapies to teach the patient how to cope with their pain in a favorable manner that increases their quality of life.
Techniques chosen to manage pain may include medications in order to help patients continue with normal life. Some patients may require additional pain treatments, such as nerve blocks or spinal cord stimulators that block painful signals sent to the brain by the affected nerves.
Although adults may never fully treat their pain, approximately 80 to 85 percent of affected children will eventually see complete remission. The goal of treatment in patients with CRPS is to successfully manage pain in a way that allows adults to enjoy their life as best as they can despite the pain.