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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome – CRPS Treatment in Mountain View

 graphics depicting wrist pain If you are seeking effective CRPS ( Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) Treatment in the Mountain View area, trust our pain management experts at Allied Pain & Spine Institute. Complex regional pain syndrome is a chronic pain condition that affects one of the limbs such as the feet, hands, arms, and legs. The prognosis of the condition can vary drastically. While children and teenagers can usually expect a solid recovery, some older patients may experience constant pain and irreversible disabilities even after treatment.

There are two forms of complex regional pain syndrome:

  • CRPS-I: Formerly known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome, CRPS-I is a condition that represents patients who do not have a confirmed nerve injury.
  • CRPS-II: Previously referred to as causalgia, CRPS-II is a term that describes patients with confirmed nerve injuries.


The exact cause of complex regional pain syndrome is unknown; however, studies have shown that the condition is triggered by trauma or injury to the peripheral and central nervous systems. The most prevalent triggers include:

  • Limb immobilization
  • Surgical procedures
  • Soft tissue injury
  • Fractures and sprains/strains

Some research suggest that complex regional pain syndrome may also be caused by genetic factors. In most cases, the condition is influenced by multiple causes that work together to produce different symptoms.


Although there are many symptoms associated with complex regional pain syndrome, one of the most common indicators is prolonged pain. Many people who have experienced this symptom report that the pain feels like a burning sensation. Additional symptoms of the disorder include:

  • Joint stiffness
  • Nail and hair growth changes
  • Shiny and/or thin skin
  • Abnormal sweating pattern
  • Muscle movement problems
  • Inflammation of the affected limb
  • Changes in body temperature

Symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome can vary substantially in severity and duration. While most cases are mild, the condition may result in a long-term disability.


 graphics showing knee painThroughout the years, the following therapies have been used to treat complex regional pain syndrome:

  • Psychotherapy: Many patients with complex regional pain syndrome are prone to develop post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression. These disorders may increase the perception of pain. In order to promote recovery among patients with complex regional pain syndrome, a doctor may recommend treating these secondary conditions with psychotherapy, which can consist of coping strategies, therapeutic counseling, and cognitive restructuring.
  • Medication Management: There are several classes of medication that can effectively treat complex regional pain syndrome. The most common medications for this condition include botulinum toxin injections, lidocaine, morphine, prednisolone, and aspirin. An experienced doctor will provide a personalized pain management plan that strategically and safety combats the pain.
  • Physiotherapy: Treatments such as physiotherapy are designed to improve the range of motion of a painful limb or body part. Motility exercise can also support optimal blood flow and alleviate circulatory symptoms. Studies have shown that rehabilitating the affected limb may prevent secondary brain changes that are the result of chronic pain.

To get the relief you need, contact Allied Pain & Spine Institute in Mountain View today to schedule an appointment to see one of our pain management doctors.

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Michelle T.

I fly in to see Dr. Petros from Southern California.  I wouldn't do so if he wasn't the best there is.  He is compassionate and has always treated me kindly. I can tell he is sincere in the way he talks to me and is diligently looking for solutions that work best with me and my chronic pain needs.  Very out of the box approach, which I appreciate these days!  I would truly recommend Dr. Petros to anyone looking for a Dr. that not only cares about you as a patient but has the confidence and skill set to get results! His office staff is friendly and caring too.  Allied Pain and Spine Institute is the Gold Standard in pain care in my humble opinion!! When I find a doctor that understands the issue and always goes above and beyond to help me, I do what I can to continue seeing them. I am so glad I found this office!!

Louise W.

Dr Petros is amazing!  When he uses a needle his aim is "right on".  He is also very personable, an altogether great guy.  I always find my visits to him to be very informative. I have had both sides of my degenerated back injected (epidural shots) with complete success.  He allows me to have no sedative, which is cool because his jokes and stories in the operating room are really good.  He greatly enjoys his work, and enjoys the difficult challenges of getting a needle into the right place in my back.  My arthritic knee is perhaps more straight-forward, but other doctors have failed to give me pain relief.  Dr Petros studies the structure with ultrasound before injecting it.  The result - instant relief! On my recent visit for a broken back (ski accident) the doctor and staff were very accommodating to help me make a dinner engagement shortly after my appointment.  This is definitely a five-star operation!

Ellie O.

Wow, wonderful doctor!!! I avoid all the doctors like the plague...seriously it makes my blood pressure go up when I have to go but I chose Dr. Vaidya. My friend referred him to me, he's simply the best... TOP NOTCH!!! He turned out to be a breath of fresh air. Dr. Vaidya really stands out head and shoulders above everyone else. I usually don't write reviews but he's so outstanding that I really wanted to do it for him. He's the most honest and caring doctor I have met.  He listens and gives you full attention and committed to find the best individual solution for you. He always goes out of his way to get you the most appropriate treatment and he will make it happen. He's very knowledgeable in his field. He's very professional, friendly, personable and definitely easy to talk to. His integrity is very valuable. He's one of the sharpest and most driven individuals you will ever meet.

Keith M.

Simply the best doctors and staff in the area. I've fought back and neck pain for over 30 years, and Dr. Petros and his team have kept me from the operating table and able to enjoy my life. I've had injections, acupuncture, as well as back braces. He listens to my concerns, cares very deeply for my pain and discomfort, and has successfully treated everything from stenosis, pinched nerves, herniated disks, and even helped me with the symptoms from shingles and lung disease. I couldn't be happier with the care he has given me over the years.

Kaitlin Z.

Dr. Vaidya has changed my life. I am in my late 20s with chronic pain and nothing had worked until I came here. All services here are wonderful and the staff is absolutely amazing. I can't recommend enough!!

Tracy B.

I have been a patient of Dr. Vaidya for a few years after not getting what I needed from other spine and pain doctors. I was looking for a doctor who would think outside the box and come up with some other ways to treat my growing amount of pain. Between Dr. Petros and Dr. Vaidya, they have brought me to a place where my pain is better managed. And let's just talk about bedside manners! I have never met doctors in the past 23 years of this back journey of mine that has as amazing bedside manners as these guys. I have cried and laughed with the team at Allied Spine. The way that I am always greeted and promptly cared for is bar none! The front office staff, and especially Nas, has been a God sent. I would never go anywhere else.

Justin P.

I am a new patient of DR Petros and my experience was great for my first two visits so far. He really takes time to listen to your issues and provides thorough answers and treatment options. The front desk staff are all very nice and respond in a timely manner to requests. Highly recommended all around!

Lisa A.

I have seen Dr. Vaidya for about 2 years. He is an amazing doctor.the attention and care you receive is well over 5 stars. He knows who I am by my face, he knows my health history with out looking in my chart, he remembers conversations we have had at previous appointments. He truly cares for his patients. I will be moving our of state, and will travel back here each month to see doctor Vaidya. I lost my insurance over a year ago and pay out of pocket to see the doctor, it is worth every penny to be treated with respect, as a person and with care. I love all the staff and feel like I am visiting family when I come in for my appointments.

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