Treatment for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
CRPS Treatment in Little Rock, AR
If you are experiencing chronic pain – typically in the arm or leg – following an injury, surgery, a stroke or heart attack, you may be suffering from complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).
Symptoms of CRPS, such as sensitivity to touch, joint stiffness, swelling, and changes in skin color, texture, and temperature, can easily be mistaken for other conditions. Which is why you need to see an experienced pain management specialist like the team at Southern Regional Pain Services for an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.
We diagnose CRPS based on a comprehensive physical examination, your medical history, and diagnostic testing. Although there is no single test that can definitively confirm a CRPS diagnosis, the following procedures can provide us with important clues:
- A bone scan can help find changes in affected bones. A radioactive substance is injected, allowing your bones to be seen with a special camera.
- Sympathetic nervous system tests look for disturbances in your body, such as skin temperature and blood flow, in your affected and unaffected limbs. Other tests can measure the amount of perspiration on both limbs, thus indicating CRPS if the results are uneven.
- X-rays can spot the loss of minerals in your bones during the later stages of CRPS.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can reveal tissue changes that may indicate CRPS.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Treatment Options
Once you are diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, the anesthesiologists and pain management specialists at Southern Regional Pain Service can prescribe an appropriate treatment plan to relieve your symptoms. Depending on the severity of your condition, these treatment options may include:
- Medications such as over-the-counter pain relievers, antidepressants and anticonvulsants, corticosteroids, and sympathetic nerve-blockers
- Heat therapy to relieve swelling and discomfort
- Prescribed physical therapy designed to help decrease pain and improve range of motion and strength
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) in which electrical impulses applied to nerve endings help ease chronic pain
Contact The CRPS Experts at Southern Regional Pain Services
To schedule an examination and testing for CRPS as well a consultation on the most effective treatment options for your individual case, contact Southern Regional Pain Services today at (501) 661-8290 or use our convenient and secure online request an appointment form. We’ll help ease your pain and get you back to doing the things you love.