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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Specialist

Pain Medicine Group

Interventional Pain Medicine & Sports Medicine located in Sarasota, FL & Oviedo, FL

If you have limb pain, swelling, burning, or sensitivity, complex regional pain syndrome might be the reason. At Pain Medicine Group in Sarasota and Oviedo, Florida, interventional pain medicine specialists offer a variety of treatments to alleviate your discomfort and help you live life to its fullest. Call the office to schedule an appointment, or book one online today.

What is complex regional pain syndrome?

Complex regional pain syndrome is a type of ongoing pain that often affects your arms or legs. It could appear after a stroke, heart attack, or injury, but its cause isn’t entirely clear. Treatment at Pain Medicine Group can give you the pain relief you need to maximize your quality of life.

What are the symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome?

Common signs and symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome include:

  • Throbbing or burning limb pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Skin temperature changes
  • Touch sensitivity
  • Temperature sensitivity 
  • Skin color changes
  • Hair or nail growth changes
  • Skin texture changes
  • Joint stiffness or damage
  • Muscle spasms or tremors
  • Muscle loss or weakness
  • Decreased movement in affected areas
  • Cold or pale skin
  • Tissue wasting
  • Muscle tightening

 

Some of these symptoms are irreversible, which is why early diagnosis and treatment of complex regional pain syndrome is important.

What are the risk factors for complex regional pain syndrome?

While the cause of complex regional pain syndrome is a mystery and anyone can develop it, certain factors increase your risk for it. Examples include:

  • Forceful trauma
  • Fractures
  • Crushing injuries
  • Other injuries
  • Some illnesses
  • Nervous system abnormalities
  • Past surgery
  • Heart attack
  • Infections
  • Inappropriate inflammatory responses

 

To reduce your risk of developing complex regional pain syndrome after an injury, take high-dose vitamin C after a fracture and practice early mobilization (walking around) soon after having a stroke.

How does my doctor diagnose complex regional pain syndrome?

There are several ways your Pain Medicine Group provider can diagnose complex regional pain syndrome. 

They discuss your symptoms and medical history and complete a physical examination. Your provider could suggest you undergo a bone scan, sweat production tests, MRIs, or X-rays to make a final diagnosis and detect or rule out other problems. 

What are common treatments for complex regional pain syndrome?

If you struggle with complex regional pain syndrome and want relief, your provider may recommend one of the following treatments:

Medications

Oral, topical, or intravenous (IV) medicines can reduce pain, inflammation, and complications linked with complex regional pain syndrome.

Heat therapy

Heat therapy can reduce the swelling and discomfort you may experience with complex regional pain syndrome.

Other therapies

Physical and/or occupational therapy can improve strength, reduce pain, and improve musculoskeletal function when you have complex regional pain syndrome. Mirror therapy can improve limb function and alleviate ongoing discomfort.

Acupuncture

The use of long, thin needles placed into strategic areas of your body can improve blood flow and reduce pain due to complex regional pain syndrome. 

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)

TENS uses noninvasive electrical impulses to target nerve endings and reduce ongoing pain.

Spinal cord stimulation

Your pain specialist can place a spinal cord stimulator under the skin near your spinal cord to deliver electrical currents that diminish pain signals.

Intrathecal drug pumps

Your doctor might recommend using intrathecal pumps to deliver medicine into spinal cord fluid and reduce ongoing discomfort.

 

If you suspect you have complex regional pain syndrome and want relief, call the Pain Medicine Group office or schedule an appointment online today.