A Personal Injury Lawyer Explains Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (formerly known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) is a condition of the sympathetic nervous system that occurs when nerves send a constant pain signal to the brain.

The condition usually effects an extremity, and the symptoms often present two to three months after an injury such as a shattered wrist, a broken leg, or a dog bite. The symptoms include:

  • Burning pain
  • Shiny skin
  • Swelling
  • Sensitivity to touch or hot and cold temperatures
  • Excessive sweating
  • Excessive hair or nail growth
  • Color changes of the skin

CRPS can be mild or moderate, but often it is severe and debilitating. There is treatment, but no cure, and it is thought to be the most painful type of chronic pain. It can happen to anyone three years of age or older, however, it is diagnosed about three times more often in females than males. No matter the age or gender of the patient, the condition can spread. For example, if a patient is diagnosed with CRPS in his left arm, his right arm is likely have symptoms as well. His legs or feet could also be affected.

Treatment is expensive and can include spinal cord stimulation, sympathetic nerve blocks, physical therapy, and medication. That is why you should speak with a Lake Forest personal injury lawyer if you suffer from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome as a result of a car accident, slip and fall, or a dog bite. Contact us and we will help you get the compensation that you deserve.

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