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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) (which is often misquoted as Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome) is a chronic pain condition which develops following trauma, and leads to persistent pain that is more severe and long lasting than would normally be expected. It is typically characterised by intense burning pain, increased skin sensitivity, changes in skin colour and temperature and abnormal nail and hair growth. The areas affected are most often the arms, hands, legs and feet.
From a diagnostic point of view, the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) recognise three types of CRPS:
- CRPS Type I – formerly known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), where there is no obvious nerve damage;
- CRPS Type II – formerly known as Causalgia, where there is evidence of nerve damage.
- CRPS – NOS (Not Otherwise Specified) – where a person only partially satisfies the diagnostic criteria, but no other diagnosis can be made.
Although the NHS continue to characterise CRPS as a “poorly understood condition” there is increasing evidence that it may be an autoimmune disease. Indeed, the promising trial of low-dose intravenous immunoglobulin treatment (known as the LIPS trial), led by the internationally renowned Dr Andreas Goebel of the Walton centre in Liverpool, is proving very supportive of that theory.
Although many cases of CRPS do improve, many spontaneously, in some cases the pain never goes away and becomes a long term, debilitating condition. One study suggested that 1 in 3,800 people in the UK develop CRPS each year.
We have worked with many clients with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and through them have developed not only an unrivalled understanding of the condition, but also excellent working relationships with many of the country’s leading medical experts in the condition. We understand the fundamental importance of seeking early specialist treatment and are regularly able to arrange funding for the complete range of treatment options including residential pain management / rehabilitation. Indeed, where the condition has become entrenched and subject to a person’s suitability and personal choice, we have also successfully arranged funding for a number of our clients to undergo spinal cord stimulation (SCS).
One of our specialist CRPS solicitors will be able to talk through your situation and make a realistic assessment of whether we can help you. Contact us using the form for a free, confidential conversation.
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