Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or CRPS is a musculoskeletal pathology which develops due to the weakening of muscules and central nervous system.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome2

Though the exact causes of CRPS are unknown however peripheral nerve injury, addiction to drugs and hereditary factors are quite considered. In most cases CRPS starts as a lesion or pain in one part of the body and gradually spreads to an entire side or runs throughout the body.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome5

This weakens muscular and nervous system leading to problems like impairment, multiple functions loss and disability.


  1. Neurogenic inflammation
  2. Severe pain like spasm and stabbing
  3. Burning sensation
  4. Hypersensitivity
  5. Lesions in body parts
  6. Restricted movements of hands and limbs
  7. Change in skin temperature (usually hot and sometimes cold)
  8. Change in skin color (red and patchy)
  9. Joint tenderness


Several options in the treatment of CRPS, anesthetizing an affected body part, transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation, progressive weight bearing, contrast temperature bath therapy, massage, physical and occupational therapies are a few.