Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a rare form of chronic pain that usually affects an arm or leg after injury, surgery or stroke. The intense feeling of pain can be out-of-proportion compared to the original injury or trauma. As CRPS is not very common, the cause has yet to be clearly identified. However, early intervention can improve the outcome significantly if commenced promptly.
There are definitely a number of vasomotor changes that we see in the affected area with CRPS. Some of the symptoms that we commonly see, but not always, include edema and swelling as well as colour changes to the affected limb or area. We can also see some excessive hair growth and nail growth and there can also be quite a clammy feeling or excessive sweating of the limb as well.
If you are experiencing Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and need advice from a qualified therapist, please call us at Melbourne Hand Therapy today (03) 9899 8490 or leave an enquiry and we will get back to you as soon as possible.