Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Sarosh Saleemi, MD -  - Pain Management

Interventional Pain Associates

Sarosh Saleemi, MD

Pain Management located in Austin, TX

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a condition characterized by chronic pain in one of the limbs. If you’re suffering from CRPS, visit Dr. Sarosh Saleemi at Interventional Pain Associates in Austin, Texas. With a multidisciplinary approach to pain management, patients can find the most comprehensive care necessary to achieve total body health and well-being.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Q & A

What is complex regional pain syndrome?

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) causes chronic pain that usually affects one of the limbs, such as an arm, leg, hand, or foot. CRPS often develops after an injury or trauma, and it’s linked to damage in the peripheral and central nervous systems.

What are the symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome?

Individuals with CRPS may experience a wide range of symptoms, including:

  • Prolonged, excessive pain
  • A burning or “pins and needles” feeling in the affected limb
  • Increased sensitivity to touch
  • Intermittent changes in skin temperature
  • Swelling of the affected limb

CRPS can also cause the skin to become blue, purple, red, pale, or blotchy. Pain might also radiate down the limb or into different areas of the body.

Some people with CRPS might have trouble moving the affected limb as easily as other limbs, and this can result in stiffness or poor coordination.

What causes complex regional pain syndrome?

In most cases, CRPS is caused by trauma or injury to the affected limb. Common triggers are sprains, fractures, soft tissue injuries, or surgery.

CRPS might also be more common in people who have inflammatory or autoimmune conditions, like asthma or rheumatoid arthritis.

Some research suggests that CRPS has a genetic component and that people with a family history of the condition might experience more severe symptoms or develop CRPS earlier in life.

How is complex regional pain syndrome treated?

Dr. Saleemi believes that pain management for any condition should be a multidisciplinary approach. There are many different factors involved in treating pain, including your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

At Interventional Pain Associates, Dr. Saleemi offers a wide range of services and works with you at each visit to address your symptoms. While there is no one-size-fits-all cure for pain, your care might include services like:

  • Interventional procedures: therapies that locally deliver medicine, steroids, or injections to help relieve pain and speed healing
  • Physical therapy: exercises, stretching, or massage to minimize tension and improve range of motion

Alternative treatments: yoga, chiropractic care, acupuncture, or psychological and social support

Patients benefit from a comprehensive, holistic treatment plan that accounts for their unique needs.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Saleemi today, call or book online using the easy, one-click scheduling system.