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What's the treatment for complex regional pain syndrome?

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Treatment options for complex regional pain syndrome may include:

  • Pain killers ranging from over-the-counter aspirin to more powerful medicines that you can only get with a prescription.
  • Anti-swelling medicine.
  • Anesthetic creams and patches that numb the affected area.
  • Physical therapy to improve blood circulation and make the injured arm or leg more flexible.
  • Spinal cord stimulation by a battery-powered device put in during surgery.
  • Surgery that destroys some of the nerves. Doctors disagree about whether this helps.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Complex Regional Pain Syndrome."

Mayo Clinic: "Complex regional pain syndrome."

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

OrthoInfo: "Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy)."

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association: "Telltale Signs and Symptoms of CRPS/RSD,"

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 27, 2019

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Complex Regional Pain Syndrome."

Mayo Clinic: "Complex regional pain syndrome."

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

OrthoInfo: "Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy)."

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association: "Telltale Signs and Symptoms of CRPS/RSD,"

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 27, 2019

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