Procedures for CRPS Pain Relief

Source: Mayo Clinic

Providing relief for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome may consist of a combination of different treatments, ranging from medications to therapies.

Medication options include over-the-counter pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium, antidepressants and anticonvulsants such as amitriptyline and gabapentin, corticosteroids such as prednisone, bone-loss medications such as alendronate and calcitonin, sympathetic nerve-blocking medications and intravenous ketamine.

Effective therapies include heat therapy or applying heat to relieve swelling, physical therapy such as guided exercising of the affected limb, mirror therapy, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) which supply electrical impulses to nerve endings, biofeedback, spinal cord stimulation which delivers a small electrical current to the spinal cord, and intrathecal drug pumps that relieve pain by pumping medications into the spinal cord fluid.

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