Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy)
Hand & Wrist Diseases & Conditions
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.