Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)

Overview

CRPS/RSD can be triggered by injuries to the bones or soft tissue, by surgeries and by immobilizing the limb in a cast to treat a fracture. Researchers don’t know for certain why some patients develop CRPS/RSD and other don’t, but there are indications that CRPS/RSD sufferers may have nerve abnormalities that lead to more complex disorders in the central nervous system (spinal cord and brain.) Abnormal dilation or constriction of blood vessels can cause fluid build-up in tissues, starving them of oxygen. This leads to muscle and joint damage and pain. Autoimmune responses and, in rare cases, family genetics may cause CRPS/RSD.

HOW OUR DOCTORS DIAGNOSE

Your doctor will review your medical history and talk with you about your symptoms. A history of an earlier injury can be an indicator of CRPS/RSD. Other conditions can mimic CRPS/RSD, so we’ll also run tests to rule out those conditions (Lyme disease, arthritis, blocked vein, certain muscle diseases and nerve damage caused by diabetes). An MRI or bone scan may help reveal CRPS/RSD-related changes to bone.

Treatment Options

  • Dorsal root ganglion therapy (DRG)
  • Spinal cord stimulation (SCS)
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS)
  • Epidural steroid injection (ESI)
  • Facet joint injections
  • Lumbar epidural steroid injections(LESI)
  • Transforaminal epidural steroid injections (Transforaminal ESI)
  • Radiofrequency ablation (neuorotomy) (RFA)
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The Physician Associate was knowledgeable & demonstrated concern for my discomfort. A plan for my care was discussed, including follow up. He detailed what to expect, what needed to be done, & addressed all current concerns. All-in-all it was a pleasurable experience. Would highly recommend the Spine & Joint Pain Specialists.

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