CRPS Pain Management in Pune – Painex Clinic
What is CRPS?
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a condition of chronic pain and inflammation that affects the leg. It can be due to injury, surgery, a stroke or a heart attack.
If you experience prolonged, severe pain that affects a limb and makes it difficult to move, see a pain specialist doctor to determine the cause. It’s important to treat CRPS early. Sometimes CRPS improves over time, but in rare severe or prolonged cases it may cause disabling.
What are its symptoms?
Signs and symptoms of CRPS include:
· Prolong burning or throbbing pain, usually in your arm, leg, hand or foot
· Sensitivity to touch or cold
· Changes in skin temperature, color and texture ·
· Changes in hair and nail growth
· Joint stiffness, swelling and damage
· Muscle spasms, tremors, weakness and loss (atrophy)
· Decreased ability to move the affected body part
What are the causes of CRPS?
The CRPS can happen due to damage to, or dysfunction of, injured peripheral sensory neurons, which then affects the spinal cord and brain. In most cases, CRPS is triggered by damage to the nerve or injury to the affected limb that damages the thinnest sensory and autonomic nerve fibres.
The causes of CRPS include:
- · Fractures
- · Surgery:
A surgical incision, retractors, positioning, sutures, or post-operative scarring can cause nerve injury.
- · Sprains/strains
- · Lesser injuries such as burns or cuts
- · Limb immobilization (often from casting)
- · · Injury caused due to cut or needle stick, can accidentally pierce a superficial sensory nerve.
- · · Undiagnosed internal nerve injury that may be due to nerve rubbing or tethering against hard internal structures or scars.
- · Poor nerve health.
Treatment of CRPS:
Early treatment helps to improve CRPS symptoms better. Your pain physician may recommend a combination of treatments based on symptoms. Treatment options include:
Medications like pain relievers, antidepressants and anticonvulsants, corticosteroids, sympathetic nerve-blocking etc can help to manage the pain.
· Heat therapy: Applying heat with the help of hot cloth, hot water bottle, heating pad etc may help to relieve swelling and discomfort on skin that feels cool.
· Physical or occupational therapy: Physiotherapist can recommend the exercises of the affected limbs or modifying daily activities that might help decrease pain and improve range of motion and strength.
· Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS): Applying electrical impulses to the nerves of the affected area can ease the pain.
· Spinal cord stimulation: In this type of treatment, your doctor inserts tiny electrodes along your spinal cord. A small electrical current delivered to the spinal cord. It creates tingling sensations in the painful area that helps block pain sensations and normalize signalling into the spinal cord and brain.
· Spinal-fluid drug pumps: In this therapy, pain-relieving medications that relieve pain are directly pumped into the spinal cord fluid.
· Acupuncture: Acupuncture therapy helps to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue to increase blood flow and relieve pain.
Why choose Painex for CRPS Pain Management in Pune?
Painex pain management clinic offers highly specialized, non-surgical techniques for pain management of CRPS. Painex pain specialists are dedicated to helping restore patient’s lives. Say NO to Pain. Call us on 08390442266