Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Specialist

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Interventional Pain Center

Interventional Pain Specialists located in Charlotte, NC

The lingering effects of an injury can leave you in more pain than is usual. This could be a sign of complex regional pain syndrome. At Interventional Pain Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, the highly trained specialists diagnose and treat complex regional pain syndrome. As a division of Providence Anesthesiology Associates, they offer expert care that includes advanced treatments like spinal cord stimulation. To find out how they can help you, call today or schedule a consultation online.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Q & A

What is complex regional pain syndrome?

Complex regional pain syndrome is a condition that typically happens after an injury. But the pain and symptoms you feel are more severe than what you’d normally expect from an injury. Complex regional pain syndrome causes lasting aching or burning pain, along with other symptoms.

Complex regional pain syndrome can affect your arm, hand, leg, or foot. Sometimes with this condition, your pain is so severe you use your affected limb less, causing the muscles to shorten and become stiff, known as contracture.

Complex regional pain syndrome comes in two forms:

  • Type 1 - When ligaments, tendons, and bones are crushed in an accident
  • Type 2 - When nerves are damaged in an injury

In some people, the condition spreads to other parts of their body.

What are the symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome?

You may experience the following symptoms in the affected area.

  • Swelling
  • Sweating more or less than usual
  • Skin that turns red, blotchy, pale, or shiny
  • Hair loss
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Muscle wasting and weakness
  • Cracked or thickened nails

If you have complex regional pain syndrome, you may also become anxious, angry, or depressed, especially if your condition hasn’t been accurately diagnosed and treatment hasn’t helped you feel better.

How is complex regional pain syndrome diagnosed?

Your practitioner begins by performing a complete evaluation of your health and your symptoms. He or she may recommend tests, such as an X-ray or bone scan, to look for signs of inflammation or bone loss. To pinpoint if the cause is related to your nerves or muscles, you may need a nerve conduction study and electromyography (EMG).

How is complex regional pain syndrome treated?

Your practitioner recommends a comprehensive treatment plan designed to set you on the path to recovery. Generally, your plan includes a combination of treatments. The options may include medications, physical therapy, and advanced pain-relief treatments.

You may benefit from a procedure called spinal cord stimulation. This treatment involves placing a spinal cord stimulator under your skin, with small wires in the area around your spinal cord. The stimulator sends a low-voltage electrical current continuously to your spinal cord, blocking the feelings of pain.

With this treatment and others, the goal of the team at Interventional Pain Center is to help you avoid surgery. Find out more about your non-surgical options to treat pain by calling or scheduling a consultation online today.