What is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)?

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a form of chronic pain that usually affects someone’s arm, hand, foot or leg and typically occurs after an injury or a surgery. The pain is out of proportion to the severity of the initial injury.  We have handled numerous cases, where our clients have developed CRPS, following some of these types of incidents: automobile accidents, trip and falls, an electrocution, among others. 

Per the Mayo Clinic, some signs and symptoms of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome include:

  • Continuous burning or throbbing pain, usually in your arm, leg, hand or foot
  • Sensitivity to touch or cold
  • Swelling of the painful area
  • Changes in skin temperature — alternating between sweaty and cold
  • Changes in skin color, ranging from white and mottled to red or blue
  • Changes in skin texture, which may become tender, thin or shiny in the affected area
  • Changes in hair and nail growth
  • Joint stiffness, swelling and damage
  • Muscle spasms, tremors, weakness and loss (atrophy)
  • Decreased ability to move the affected body part

There is no simple cure for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, as each treatment approach is applied differently depending on the individual’s severity.  There are pain-relieving medications available that can help individuals manage CRPS.  Additional treatments include: epidural injections, surgeries, spinal cord stimulator implants and physical therapy that can be performed to manage the person’s pain and swelling. It is important for those suffering from similar symptoms, to consult right away with a lawyer to make sure that they are receiving appropriate treatment from their physicians.   

Hicks Law Firm is experienced in handling these types of cases involving CRPS.  If you or someone that you know is suffering from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, that resulted from the fault of someone else, we would encourage you to contact us right away for a free consultation.  We look forward to helping you get back on the road to recovery.

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