Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy)

Hand & Wrist Diseases & Conditions - Adelaide Orthopaedic Specialist

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a condition of intense burning pain, stiffness, swelling, and discoloration caused by an illness or injury. The condition has previously been known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy, Sudeck's atrophy, shoulder-hand syndrome, or causalgia.

Conservative treatment (including medications and physical therapy) is often able to improve symptoms greatly, and can prevent CRPS from progressing into the later stages. If these treatments fail, a spinal cord stimulator or pain pump may be implanted to help reduce pain and symptoms.

Dr James McLean provides consultation and various treatments for omplex regional pain syndrome and a wide variety of other hand and wrist conditions in his multiple practice locations in Adelaide and Darwin. With his extensive experience in treating upper limb conditions, he works with his patients to create tailored treatment plans which yield the best possible outcomes for their injuries. Click here for more information on other conditions involving the shoulder, hand, wrist, and elbow which Dr James McLean has a special interest in treating.

This page was adapted from https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases--conditions/complex-regional-pain-syndrome-reflex-sympathetic-dystrophy: click the link to read more about the condition. To find out more about Complex regional pain syndrome or to book a consultation, contact Dr James McLean.

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