How to Navigate Your CRPS Diagnosis


How to Navigate Your CRPS Diagnosis

Treating CRPS is complex and depends on your symptoms and medical history. Read on to discover the symptoms and potential treatments.

If you’ve received a complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) diagnosis, you may wonder what’s next. This painful condition can affect your arm or leg after a stroke, surgery, or other health issue and leave you frustrated.

While the cause of CRPS is unknown, we do know early detection and treatment can help. 

If you have a CRPS diagnosis, Spine & Pain Specialists of the Carolinas in Charlotte, North Carolina, can help. As a pain specialist, Dr. Kumar evaluates your medical history and symptoms to create a treatment plan. 

What are the typical symptoms of CRPS?

The symptoms of CRPS are varied. That’s why it’s essential to seek a medical evaluation if you experience swelling or stiffness, joint damage, or reduced range of motion. You might also feel a heightened sensitivity to touch or temperatures.

Once you have a diagnosis 

Appropriate medical care and learning the potential underlying cause of your symptoms help navigate this diagnosis. 

First, consult specialized medical care. Dr. Kumar is a pain specialist with experience in treating CRPS. He can help you develop a customized treatment plan.

What are your treatment options? 

We have a range of treatment options for CRPS relief. Dr. Kumar creates an individualized plan for your condition.

Treatment options include the following:

  • Nerve blockers 
  • Medications 
  • Spinal cord stimulation 
  • Physical therapy 
  • Biofeedback 
  • Intravenous ketamine 
  • Occupational therapy
  • Heat therapy
  • Acupuncture 
  • Other therapies 

Dr. Kumar helps you find effective pain management treatments and monitors your progress.

If ignored, CRPS can worsen. In some cases, people with CRPS experience an atrophied arm or leg, starting first as pain or stiffness in an arm or leg. 

In other cases, people experience a tightening of the muscles, or your hand and fingers might contract into a claw-like position. The same can happen with your feet and toes. 

As CRPS progresses, it becomes more challenging to treat. 

Who is at risk for CRPS? 

The underlying cause of CRPS isn’t well known yet. However, it often occurs after someone experiences forceful trauma, heart attacks, or ankle sprains. Genetics may offer clues, so Dr. Kumar evaluates your symptoms and medical history. Diagnostic tests like bone scans and MRIs can provide more information, too. 

If diagnosed with CRPS, reducing stress, maintaining a healthy weight, and exercising regularly is essential. You can be a self-advocate by tracking your habits, following the recommended treatment plan, and staying in contact with Dr. Kumar. 

Navigating a CRPS diagnosis takes a multi-dimensional approach. At Spine & Pain Specialists of the Carolinas in Charlotte, North Carolina, you can book your appointment with our online booking tool and start finding the pain relief you deserve. You can also call to schedule.