COMPLEX REGIONAL PAIN SYNDROME
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (aka: Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) is an uncommon form of chronic pain that usually affects limbs, though the treatment, in this case, involves the spine.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (aka: Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) is an uncommon form of chronic pain that usually affects limbs, though the treatment, in this case, involves the spine. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) typically develops after an injury, surgery, stroke or heart attack. One of the key indicators of CRPS is that the pain is out of proportion to the severity of the initial injury or illness.
While doctors have yet to identify the root cause(s) of CRPS, there are many things we do know about this condition:
The pain is likely caused by a dysfunction in the central or peripheral nervous system
CRPS is often indicated as one of several related symptoms
While it’s not unheard of for children or teens to suffer from CRPS, adults are more susceptible
The symptoms of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome often vary in both duration and severity. Symptoms include, but are not limited to: decreased mobility, burning pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints, changes in nail or hair growth and changes in skin temperature or texture. Some patients experience these symptoms as chronic, mild pain, while others might feel extreme pain in short bursts that increase in frequency with time.
Early stage CRPS can be difficult to accurately diagnose, because symptoms can be relatively mild. Detailed observation over time allows doctors to make a positive diagnosis.
Treating Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
While there is no quick “cure” for CRPS, patients can achieve significantly reduced pain through proven medical techniques. Early stage treatments for CRPS include physical therapy, drug treatment, psychotherapy, pain medications, corticosteroids, antidepressants, antiseizure medications and diagnostic blocks.
Some patients may have heard or read about a procedure called surgical sympathectomy. While once common, this procedure has been nearly abandoned by modern medical practitioners because it is known to destroy nerves in the sympathetic nervous system. In addition, many physicians believe it actually makes CRPS worse.
The best option for treating CRPS today is Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS). A minimally-invasive procedure, SCS is effective, non-destructive and easily reversible.
SCS blocks the pain associated with CRPS and replaces it with a pleasant feeling. So, you not only feel less pain, you actually feel better. And, best of all, you, as the patient, are always in total control of the level of your pain relief.
Before undergoing epidural nerve stimulation, Dr. Skaliy will review the process with you, explaining the steps and equipment involved. You may also view a video about the therapy, so you are fully informed about the procedure prior to treatment.
Patients are encouraged to “test drive” the treatment for about a week. For this procedure, the doctor places wires in the skin using a simple needle stick. The needles are then removed, and the wires taped to the skin. These wires are attached to a small battery the patient wears during the trial. During this time, you may resume most normal activities. Best of all, you may increase or decrease the amount of stimulation using a remote control.
To learn more about how SCS can treat your pain and transform your life schedule an appointment to speak with Dr. Skaliy.
Better option to treat Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS), also called epidural nerve stimulation (ENS), is a minimally-invasive procedure with a 40-year track record of delivering proven relief to patients experiencing chronic pain. In this treatment, a safe and effective device delivers soothing electrical stimulation to the spinal cord, resulting in significant pain relief to the affected area…