Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

What is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is excess and prolonged pain and inflammation that follows an injury to an arm or leg. CRPS is a rare, chronic pain disorder that is challenging for patients and physicians because it leads to significant morbidity due to chronic pain that can last years. CRPS typically develops four to six weeks after direct trauma, such as an injury (e.g., fracture) or surgery.

What Treatment is Available?

Many treatment recommendations for CRPS are based on smaller studies or consensus guidelines and on practice. Although most cases  of CRPS resolve spontaneously without treatment, the pain, associated symptoms, psychological impact and disability require a well-informed, patient-centered approach.