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What are treatments for complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) other than therapies and drug treatment?

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Other treatments for complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) include:

Sympathetic nerve blocks: These blocks, which are done different ways, can offer significant pain relief for some people. One kind of block involves putting an anesthetic next to the spine to directly block the sympathetic nerves.

Surgical sympathectomy: This controversial technique destroys the nerves involved in CRPS. Some experts believe it has a favorable outcome, while others say it makes CRPS worse. The technique should be considered only for people whose pain is dramatically but temporarily relieved by selective sympathetic blocks.

Intrathecal drug pumps: Pumps and implanted catheters are used to send pain-relieving medication into the spinal fluid.

Spinal cord stimulation: This technique, in which electrodes are placed next to the spinal cord, offers relief for many people with the condition.

From: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: ''Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Fact Sheet.'' 

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Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 27, 2019

SOURCES: 

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: ''Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Fact Sheet.'' 

UpToDate.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 27, 2019

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