Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a little-understood condition that usually causes symptoms in your extremities (arms or legs). It can cause issues like sensitivity, burning or throbbing pain, changes in the feel and appearance of your skin, and other unwelcome symptoms.
If you’re living with unexplained pain in a limb, it could be CRPS. Fortunately, at our six LA Pain Doctor offices throughout Louisiana, our team of expert providers specializes in treating this condition. While researchers are still working to better understand CRPS, you don’t have to wait to get started on the path to relief.
Because we offer dedicated CRPS treatment, we see a lot of people who have misconceptions about this condition. To help clear up those myths, let’s lay out some facts:
Myth: CRPS is all in your head
Because CRPS symptoms can come on without an obvious cause, it might be easy to feel like it’s imagined. But that leads too many people to push through the pain of their symptoms — and that can be a problem, because CRPS is easiest to treat in its early phases.
Fact: CRPS is a diagnosable physical health condition
If you have unexplained limb pain, see a doctor about it. If any health professionals don’t believe you, keep trying. Our team here at LA Pain Doctors specializes in CRPS and knows that the pain you’re experiencing is real.
To reiterate, CRPS treatment is most effective when applied early, so don’t wait. If you think you might have this condition, visit our team.
Myth: People only get CRPS after a major injury
Plenty of people connect CRPS to serious injuries, like a car accident or major fall. That might leave people with smaller injuries or those who haven’t had an injury at all to assume that their pain is not coming from CRPS. But that might not necessarily be the case.
Fact: You can get CRPS after a minor injury or a health condition
While CRPS can develop after a traumatic injury, it can also come on after minor injuries or health incidents. You could get CRPS after a heart attack, stroke, or surgery, for example.
Myth: You can’t treat CRPS
Too many people think that because it’s hard to understand, we don’t have good treatment options for CRPS. But that’s not true.
Fact: We offer a range of treatments
Here at LA Pain Doctors, we offer a variety of effective CRPS treatments. Those include:
- Sympathetic nerve blocks
- Infusion techniques
- Spinal cord stimulation
- Physical therapy
- Coping techniques like group therapy, massage, and therapeutic acupuncture
Long story short, if you’re living with CRPS, you’re not stuck with your symptoms. Our LA Pain Doctors team can help you explore pathways to find relief, building you a personalized treatment plan to improve your quality of life.
CRPS can feel complicated and mysterious, but partnering with our team of experts can get you both clarity and relief. Call the LA Pain Doctors office nearest you or schedule an appointment online to get started. We have offices in Metarie, Laplace, Harvey, New Orleans, Luling, and Hammond, Louisiana.