What is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?

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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. and as a personal injury lawyer, we have seen many cases where the nervous system has been compromised.


The condition usually effects an extremity. Further, the symptoms often present themselves two to three months after the injury occurs. Such injuries include 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. However, it is often severe and debilitating. There is treatment, but no cure. Furthermore, it is thought to be the most painful type of chronic pain. It can happen to anyone three years or older. However, it is diagnosed females are three times more likely to be diagnosed 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.

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Suffering from injuries due to an accident can be very stressful. However, dealing with chronic pain can be debilitating. and as a personal injury lawyer, we know that insurance companies will do their best to try to cheat you out of the settlement you deserve. They are actually known for this. Their one and only goal is to payout as little as possible. They do this in order to save their company money, without any regard to your injuries. That is why a personal injury lawyer in our office is here to help. We want to make sure that you receive the best possible care so you can get your life back on track.

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.