Procedures for CRPS Pain Relief


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.

It is possible for CRPS to occur again as a result of a trigger such as exposure to cold or an extreme source of emotional stress.  In this case, recurrences may be treated with an antidepressant or other medications.