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Complex regional pain syndrome, or CRPS, is a debilitating condition that can drastically reduce a patients quality of life.  CRPS is also sometimes referred to as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD). There are two types of CRPS.  Type one is when the pain is not a result of a direct nerve injury while type 2 is caused by direct damage to a nerve.  The condition is typically triggered by a nerve injury making type 2 more common.  Patients with CRPS should seek treatment as the condition makes day to day life very painful and can last for months or even years.


A person suffering from CRPS typically experiences these symptoms:

  • Increased sweating
  • Heat at site of condition
  • Skin redness
  • Intense pain upon touching of injured area
  • Stiffness and difficulty moving increasing over time


While living with CRPS is uncomfortable and debilitating, we do offer treatment options that can help with the pain.

Some of our most effective treatments include:

  • Sympathetic nerve block
  • Local anesthetic
  • Increased blood flow
  • FSM (Frequency specific movement)
  • Cold laser therapy
  • Acupuncture

For a physical evaluation of your symptoms call 480.428.3232 or email psr@scnm.edu to schedule your pain assessment with an SCNM physician.