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All About Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

CRPS is a painful condition that affects one of the limbs. To learn more about the condition and discover what we can do as CRPS lawyers, read our blog.

The cause of complex regional pain syndrome is unclear and the condition can develop can as a result of an accident or injury. CRPS most commonly affects females and usually appears between the ages of 40 and 60 years old, however it can affect anyone at any age and the severity of the condition’s symptoms vary. To better understand CRPS and how it affects life on a daily basis, continue reading our blog.

There are two types of CRPS; Type 1 is used to describe a case of CRPS that features a minor injury with no nerve damage, such as a sprained ankle. Around 90% of all cases are considered as Type 1. Type 2, on the other hand, describes a more severe case of CRPS that involves nerve damage and has occurred as a result of a surgical procedure or serious infection.

If complex regional pain syndrome is brought on as a result of an injury, sufferers are likely to experience unusually severe pain. For example, something as minor as an ankle sprain could cause an unbearable burning sensation. When CRPS hits, the area that has been affected can become hypersensitive, making it painful if bumped, touched or exposed to temperature changes. As experienced CRPS lawyers, we have handled many cases involving complex regional pain syndrome, helping patients who suffer from the condition as a result of an accident or injury secure thousands of pounds in compensation. In one specific case involving a CRPS sufferer named Neil Swift, we won a total of £905,000 – read the full story of Neil’s CRPS compensation claim here.

Usually, CRPS progresses through three stages, however not everyone experiences each stage. Stage 1 can last for 1-3 months, featuring a severe burning pain that takes place in one of the patient’s limbs. As well as this, there may be muscle spasms and joint stiffness, plus skin colour and temperature may start to change. Stage 2 can last anywhere between 3-6 months and, during this time, pain, inflammation and stiffness can worsen, with skin texture and colour changing more noticeably. When stage 3 begins, changes that have happened to the body can become irreversible. Sufferers will experience a significant loss of muscle tone, joints will feel stiffer and bones may become contorted. Early detection and treatment is key for preventing the condition from reaching stage 3.

Although there is no definitive cure available for CRPS sufferers, there are a number of treatment techniques that can be applied to relieve pain and improve comfort. Here are a few examples:

For some, physiotherapy can help to reduce pain and keep the affected limb active. Plus, it will help to prevent stiffness and loss of muscle tone, as well as promoting a healthy circulation.

Many complex regional pain syndrome sufferers have been diagnosed with the condition as a result of an accident or injury. As a result, they may suffer from stress as well as severe pain and, to help manage this, doctors may sometimes refer patients to a psychologist to practise coping techniques in order to improve relaxation and provide a higher level of support.

In addition, pain management programmes are also available at specialist pain centres or clinics. This type of programme is group-based and could continue for a number of days or weeks.

As specialist CRPS lawyers, we are here to help you secure the money you’re owed by working on your behalf entirely. We have a ‘no win no fee’ policy, meaning that if your case is unsuccessful, you won’t need to pay a penny. If you suffer with complex regional pain syndrome as a result of an accident or injury, get in touch with our team to find out whether or not you could make a claim.

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