Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, also known as CRPS, is an agonizing, chronic condition that causes searing pain, motor function difficulties, and other debilitating problems.
How CRPS Develops
People sometimes develop CRPS after a sustaining trauma such as a crushing injury or fracture to a limb. Other traumas, such as surgery, a heart attack, or a sprain can result in CRPS.
There are two types of CRPS. Type 1 is called reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSD). This type is far more common and occurs after an illness or injury that didn’t directly damage the nerves in the affected limb. Type 2 follows direct nerve damage. The condition is characterized by chronic, burning pain and hypersensitivity in the area connected to the damaged nerve.
Symptoms of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
The primary symptom of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is pain that is immediate and dramatically disproportionate to the injury that occurred. The Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association names the following symptoms that characterize CRPS:
Pain that is deep, aching, cold, or burning,
Increased skin sensitivity,
Pain from something that should not cause pain, such as touching something soft,
Hyperalgesia, or heightened sensitivity to painful stimulation,
Skin color changes, temperature and/or sweating in the affected area,
Abnormal hair or nail growth, and/or
Limited range of motion, weakness, paralysis, or other motor disorders.
The McGill Pain Index, used by doctors and hospitals around the world and recognized as authoritative, ranks CRPS as the most painful form of chronic physical pain a person can suffer – dramatically higher than that of childbirth and amputation.
When CRPS Results from a Personal Injury
For some of the one million CRPS sufferers, the condition developed after an injury caused by another person’s negligence. Whether in an automobile accident, slip and fall incident, medical error, or another preventable event, the consequences of CRPS make the situation all the more devastating. Those who caused the injury must be held accountable.
Obtaining legal representation will not change what happened, but it can be the first step toward obtaining compensation for lasting medical bills, long-term care, lost wages, and more. If you or a family member developed CRPS, we can help. Because of its medical complexity, it is critical to obtain experienced counsel to assist you. We welcome you to contact our firm.