Find out more about CRPS
- We are CRPS Specialists
- CRPS Type 1
- CRPS Type 2
- The difference between CRPS Type 1 and CRPS Type 2
- CRPS (NOS)
- Causes of CRPS
- Symptoms of CRPS
- Diagnosis for CRPS
- Treatment for CRPS
- CRPS in Children
- CRPS Support Groups
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 severe, debilitating, persistent pain. It is caused by an injury to the ‘sympathetic nerves’ and 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, but it can effect many other areas of the body.
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.
Although it is said that 50% of people with CRPS recover spontaneously, in many 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.
Our unrivalled expertise
Over many years, we have worked with hundreds of clients with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and through them have developed not only an unrivalled understanding of CRPS, but also excellent working relationships with many of the country’s leading medical experts in the condition. As CRPS Solicitors, this is knowledge and expertise we use daily for our clients’ benefit.
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 many of our clients to undergo spinal cord stimulation (SCS) and dorsal root ganglion stimulation (DRG).
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 discussion.
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