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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (A.K.A. Sympathetic Dystrophy/Causalgia), Treated by Top Pain Management Doctors in Casa Grande, Chandler, Glendale, and Scottsdale



  • Overview

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    Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is a chronic pain condition involving damage or malfunction of the central and peripheral nervous systems. The pain experienced generally only affects one of the limbs (hands, arms, legs or feet). The central nervous system is comprised of the brain and spinal cord while the peripheral nervous system involves nerve signaling from the central nervous system to the rest of the body.

    Facts

    • Complex regional pain syndrome can occur at any age and affects both men and women
    • More common in women than men
    • Most common age of occurrence is 40 years

    Types

    • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome I (CPRS-I)
    • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome II (CPRS-II)
  • Symptoms

    In the majority of cases, symptoms are mild and individuals recover over time however in more severe cases recovery may not occur and disability can occur. Common symptoms associated with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome include:

    • Persistent, excessive pain
    • Burning or “pins and needles” sensation
    • Swelling
    • Joint stiffness
    • Increased sensitivity of the affected limb
    • Constant or intermittent skin color or temperature changes of the affected limb
  • Diagnosis/Tests

    An accurate diagnosis by a physician is beneficial in the creation of a treatment plan. Diagnosis of CPRS is based on your individual medical history and signs and symptoms, as there is no single diagnostic test used to confirm CPRS. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) or Bone Scans may be used to identify bone metabolism changes that are characteristic to CPRS. Other test may be done to rule out other conditions with similar symptoms. A common distinguishing factor used to rule out other conditions is the notation of an injury to the affected limb.

  • Causes

    The most common triggers for CPRS include:

    • Fractures
    • Sprains
    • Soft tissue injury i.e. burns, cuts, bruises

    Occasionally, CPRS develops without any known injury.

  • Treatment Options & Care

    • Sympathetic Nerve Block
    • Spinal Cord Stimulation
    • Acupuncture
    • Anti-inflammatory medications note: medications should be taken as directed by your doctor

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We are currently working with the Governor’s office to keep patients in pain out of emergency rooms. The situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, and changes occur rapidly. Please know, the health and safety of our patients, their families, and team members remains our top priority. At AZ Pain Doctors, we are ensuring the safest possible environment. We take these proactive precautions to protect our patients, team members, and the communities we serve:
  1. We are practicing social distancing by offering virtual appointments. If you wish to be seen in person, we are able to accommodate you.
  2. All people who enter the clinic, including all staff and patients, are screened for coronavirus infection. Anyone with a cough, fever, symptoms of infection or known exposure will not be allowed in the clinic.
  3. We are limiting the number of people who enter our clinic. No one is allowed to accompany you unless you require physical assistance. If you would like a someone to listen to your visit you are welcome to call them and place them on speakerphone.
  4. We are having patients come directly into the exam room. If the exam room isn’t available, patients wait outside of our lobby in alternative places such as your car. We will call you on your cell phone or other number you provide when the room is ready.
  5. As always, we clean every patient room after every patient visit. We are also cleaning high traffic areas frequently.
  6. As always, staff sanitizes their hands immediately before and after working with patients. We do not physically touch patients without a new set of disposable gloves.
  7. We have lengthened our appointment times and limited the number of patients who are seen per day so we can rigorously follow all of these items.
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