Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) falls under the umbrella category of chronic pain that impacts an arm or a leg. Symptoms can range from temperature sensitivity, pain, and swelling in the affected limb to muscle spasms, weakness, and stiffness in the joints. 

CRPS is usually triggered after an acute injury in the arm or leg. The intensity of the pain depends on the seriousness of the initial injury. The treatment of the condition is most effective when it is started early.

Complex regional pain syndrome or CRPS as painful condition outline diagram. Labeled educational arm or leg swelling cycle with body response vector illustration. Sympathetic nervous system impulse.

How Physical Therapy can help

Symptoms of CRPS can vary greatly from person to person which is why at Vita, our Physical Therapists will perform a thorough evaluation and/or work with your primary care provider to develop a personalized therapy program that addresses your pain points. Treatment programs often include one or more of the following therapies:

  • Movement therapy to help improve mobility in the affected area
  • Strength and conditioning and range of motion exercises
  • Manual therapy
  • Dry needling to help with chronic pain
  • Assisted stretching