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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Specialist

Lynx Healthcare

Pain Management Practice located in Albuquerque, NM

As one of the most painful conditions that exists, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) can be very difficult to manage in your day-to-day life. The board-certified pain management experts at Lynx Healthcare in Albuquerque, New Mexico, specialize in treatments to relieve some of the pain and other symptoms associated with CRPS. To consult with a physician about complex regional pain syndrome treatments and services, call or book an appointment online today.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Q & A

What is complex regional pain syndrome?

Complex regional pain syndrome is a chronic condition that often arises from nerve or tissue damage after a musculoskeletal injury or a traumatic health event like a stroke or heart attack. The symptoms of CRPS usually affect just one arm, hand, leg, or foot, depending on the cause.

CRPS exists within two distinct categories:

CRPS I

CRPS I can appear after an injury like a bone fracture or ankle sprain. Often, the injuries appear to be mild but cause severe pain after healing. There is no observable nerve damage. 

CRPS II

CRPS II is often the result of an infection, a surgery, or an injury like a broken bone with direct, observable nerve damage. 

What are symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome?

Both types of complex regional pain syndrome result in similar symptoms, but they vary among people with the condition. If you have either type of CRPS, you might experience:

  • Throbbing or continuous pain 
  • Burning
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Sensitivity to temperature
  • Joint stiffness
  • Swelling and inflammation

Your symptoms may be temporary and leave without you ever seeking treatment. However, they can last for months or years and get worse with time.

Your limb with CRPS might eventually become cold to the touch and pale in color. The condition might cause observable changes to your nails or hair. It can even spread to another limb.

Which treatments are available for complex regional pain syndrome?

The most successful treatments for complex regional pain syndrome start in its earliest stages. The team at Lynx Healthcare encourages you to book an appointment as soon as you notice unusual sensations in a limb after an injury or severe health condition.

Treatment for CRPS usually starts with nonoperative treatments and progresses to surgery in only some cases. After your evaluation, the Lynx Healthcare team might recommend:

  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Prescription medications
  • Topical creams or ointments
  • IV or injectable medications
  • Biofeedback
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Acupuncture

Your treatment plan might involve more than one procedure or medication, and the team at Lynx Healthcare meets with you regularly to monitor your progress and make adjustments. 

Severe pain in a limb, hand, or foot could indicate complex regional pain syndrome. Call Lynx Healthcare or book an appointment online today for a CRPS consultation.