Complex Regional Pain Syndrome – CRPS Treatment in San Leandro
Nerves are responsible for sending sensation and pain from throughout the body. When nerves are dysfunctional, pain messages can be sent to the brain when no real cause of pain is present. Complex regional pain syndrome is a nerve disorder that can result in chronic pain, affecting close to 200,000 people each year in the U.S. If you are searching for complex regional pain syndrome, or CRPS treatment, in San Leandro, CA, come see our specialists at Allied Pain & Spine Institute.
Causes and Symptoms of CRPS
The cause of CRPS is not always known or understood. It usually occurs after an injury or trauma, resulting in peripheral and central nervous system dysfunction that sends pain signals to the brain. In an estimated 90% of patients with CRPS, there is not any damage to the nerves from the disease, surgery or injury, yet the nerves are still not working correctly. Only about 10% of CRPS cases have nerve damage, usually in the arms or legs.
CRPS affects each patient differently. It is more common in adults, although the disease is rare overall. CRPS symptoms can begin after an injury, but it is possible to have CRPS without a trigger. Some of the common symptoms that affect the arms, hands, legs or feet include:
- Extreme sensitivity to touch
- Throbbing or burning pain
- Changes in the skin color – white, red or blue
- Cold or clammy skin
- Muscle spasms or weakness
- Lost mobility in the affected limb
CRPS can go away with treatment, although there is no known cure. It is vital to seek treatment, as CRPS can cause irreversible damage to the affected limbs and may spread to other areas of the body. Treatment options include medication, physical therapy, psychotherapy, acupuncture and other treatment modalities that we offer at Allied Pain & Spine Institute.
If you have symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome, do not wait to seek treatment. Contact our team at Allied Pain & Spine Institute to schedule a CRPS treatment consultation. Our pain physicians can provide diagnosis and treatment for CRPS at our pain center in San Leandro, CA.