Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome
If you have been injured and are experiencing pain that is out of proportion to the severity of the injury, you may be suffering from Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). CRPS is characterized by intense and lasting pain, usually in an arm or leg, which is accompanied by heightened skin temperature in the affected area. It is a commonly misunderstood affliction in both the legal and the medical community, and it is therefore essential that you retain an experienced attorney to help you recover damages caused by CRPS. At S&S Legal Group, our seasoned attorneys can establish the links between your injury and CRPS. We can also help you obtain care with reputable pain management professionals and neurologists that can treat this complex syndrome. Call S&S Legal Group today.
What Is Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome?
CRPS, also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome, is a chronic nerve disorder that affects areas of the body that have sustained an injury. It usually occurs after car accidents or other high speed impacts. However, it can triggered by many different types of injuries, such as crush injuries, sprains, fractures, amputations, trauma from surgery, strokes, heart attacks, or emotional stress. CRPS can affect any area of the body, but most commonly targets the arms or legs. There are two types of CRPS. Although they have similar symptoms, they develop differently:
- Type 1: the most common type of CRPS (90% of victims) is caused by illness or an injury that does not directly damage a person’s nerves.
- Type 2: results from an injury that directly damages the nerves.
What Are Symptoms Of Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome?
CRPS can have many symptoms. These symptoms can change over time and not every victim experiences the same ones. Common symptoms include (but are not limited to):
- intense pain or burning sensations in the affected area
- sensitivity to touch and temperature
- changes in skin color
- changes in skin texture
- changes in skin temperature
- weakness or atrophy of the muscles
- muscle spasms
- increased sweating
- tenderness or stiffness of joints
- bone softening
- limited or painful movement
- changes in hair and nail growth
Symptoms of CRPS generally progress through three stages:
- Stage 1 can last one to three months. Common symptoms during this stage include alternating hot and cold skin temperature, fast growing nails and hair, painful joints, swollen skin, and burning sensations with gentle touching.
- Stage 2 may last three to six months with increased pain, brittle nails, muscle weakness and joint stiffness.
- Stage 3 often results in irreversible damages. Common symptoms include limited movement of limbs, muscle or tissue wasting (atrophy) and increased pain.
Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome Attorney
CRPS is a complex syndrome that is misunderstood and is frequently misdiagnosed. If you recently suffered a traumatic injury and are experiencing intense, long lasting pain that seems extreme compared to the injury, or even after the injury itself has healed, you may have CRPS. At S&S Legal Group, we help our injured clients access medical experts and health care professionals that can give proper evaluation and treatment. We also aggressively pursue compensation for your injuries and suffering. At S&S Legal Group, we are experienced with CRPS and we understand the serious effects that this syndrome can have on every aspect of a client’s life. Call S&S Legal Group today for a free case evaluation.