What Causes Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?
The true cause of complex regional pain syndrome is unknown, but the condition is commonly associated with an injury or illness. The most common ailments include sprains, strains, fractures, bruises or other soft tissue injury, nerve entrapment, shingles, breast cancer, stroke and certain medical procedures.
Individuals with reflex sympathetic dystrophy usually present an abnormality in the peripheral nerve that carries pain messages and signals to the blood vessels. This abnormality is believed to trigger abnormal neurological function in the brain and spinal cord, leading to the wide number of symptoms.
How is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Treated?
Complex regional pain syndrome is diagnosed by the individual’s medical history and symptoms that match the medical definition of the condition. A physical examination will typically be performed in the original injured area, as well as X-rays, an MRI and bone scans to confirm the diagnosis.
It is critical for an individual to visit a physician at the beginning of reflex sympathetic dystrophy symptoms to prevent the condition from developing into a later stage with advanced complications.
Treatment options include rehabilitation therapy, a variety of medications for pain and inflammation, spinal cord stimulation, injection therapy and nerves blocks. Treatment will depend on the individual’s symptoms and condition stage.
OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative, located in the Arlington, Fort Worth and Dallas, Texas area, is trained and experienced at treating the painful conditions of complex regional pain syndrome, formerly known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy. Please contact our team if you or a loved one suffers from this condition.