Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), or complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) as it more commonly referred to today, is a pain disorder that usually affects one of your limbs. Pacific Pain Physicians, in Santa Barbara, California, diagnose and treat RSD/CRPS with customized therapies to relieve your pain and improve your mobility and quality of life. If you suffer from intense or chronic pain, call Pacific Pain Physicians or make an appointment online today.
RSD or CRPS is a rare but intense condition that causes localized pain a specific region of your body, usually in one of your limbs. There are two types of CRPS, I and II. CRPS II is the pain syndrome caused by confirmed nerve injury or damage. If you don’t have confirmed nerve damage, your pain syndrome is diagnosed as CRPS I.
In many cases, CRPS develops after a stroke or traumatic injuries like fractures or burns. You may also develop CRPS after an immobilization treatment such as wearing a cast. CRPS is an abnormal pain response that intensifies and extends your pain beyond what would normally be expected from your injury or condition.
The primary symptom of CRPS is prolonged, intense pain in a limb. You may have a burning or tingling sensation or feel like your limb is being squeezed. Your pain may begin in your hand or foot and then extend through your arm or leg. CRPS also causes symptoms including changes to the temperature and skin color of the affected limb. You may also have swelling.
There is no single diagnostic test to identify CRPS. Pacific Pain Physicians combine a physical exam with a variety of tests to rule out other conditions or issues that could be causing your pain such as arthritis, Lyme disease, or diabetic neuropathy. Your doctor also asks you about your medical history as CRPS is often linked to a prior injury.
Pacific Pain Physicians offer a variety of customizable treatments to relieve CRPS.
Call Pacific Pain Physicians or schedule a consultation online today for expert diagnosis and treatment for CRPS and other pain syndromes.