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Complex regional pain syndrome, or CRPS, also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy, or RSD, is a condition in which nerve damage or injury results in a burning sensation, swelling, and pain in one or both of your arms and legs.
At The Center for Interventional Pain Medicine at Mercy, our doctors treat patients with pain caused by reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), or complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Our experienced pain medicine specialists offer minimally invasive pain relief techniques enabling you to rely less on medication.
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), also called complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), is a rare disorder of the nervous system that is characterized by chronic, severe pain. Reflex sympathetic dystrophy occurs when the nervous system becomes overactive and nerves send frequent or constant pain signals to the brain. It most commonly affects the arms and legs, but also can affect other extremities.
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy typically develops after an injury, surgery, stroke or heart attack. The cause of complex regional pain syndrome isn't clearly understood.
Symptoms of reflex sympathetic dystrophy (or complex regional pain syndrome) typically affect the arms and legs and may include:
Pain management specialists begin diagnoses of reflex sympathetic dystrophy by reviewing your medical history and performing a physical exam. Tests may also be conducted to confirm diagnosis, including:
Early diagnosis and treatment of reflex sympathetic dystrophy or complex regional pain syndrome improves the chances of successful treatment. If not treated stiffness and loss of use of the affected limb may develop. Treatment focuses on pain relief and can include sympathetic nerve blocks and spinal cord stimulation.
Options for treating reflex sympathetic dystrophy or complex regional pain syndrome may include:
The Center for Interventional Pain Medicine at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, provides leading edge interventional pain treatment for conditions including spinal stenosis, herniated disk, facet arthropathy, osteoarthritis, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, post-herpetic neuralgia, peripheral neuropathy and cancer pain. Our doctors specialize in treatments such as injections, decompressions and therapies to reduce and alleviate pain.
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Dr. David Maine, Director of The Center for Interventional Pain Medicine, helps patients with chronic pain, lower back pain and cancer pain.
A patient gains a new pain-free life after being treated by a team of doctors at Mercy Medical Center.