CRPS and RSD are frequently caused by a third-party’s negligent act, which can give rise to a legal claim. People suffering from CRPS or RSD should consult an attorney about their right to compensation.
Because CRPS is a chronic progressive syndrome there is no cure. Rather, doctors typically try to control the symptoms and limit the pain to allow sufferers of the syndrome to live as normally as possible.
Typically this is first done by medication. This may include narcotics (to alleviate pain), steroids (to reduce inflammation), bone loss medications (such as Fosomax or Actonel) and antidepressants.
Patients who get little to no pain relief from medications may also try various surgical or invasive techniques including:
- Nerve Block – is when anesthesia is injected directly into the spinal column which numbs the affected nerves.
- Internal Pain Pumps – is an internal implanted device that provides pain medication through a catheter directly to the affected area. This is considered more effective and requires less pain medication since it is a targeted delivery. A recipient has to receive periodic refills of the pain medication.
- Spinal Cord Stimulators – involve the placement of electrodes next to the spinal cord. The stimulator emits a low level electrical current intended to create a tingling sensation in the painful area which is designed to disguise or distract the patient from the pain.
- Lidocaine Infusion – is a diagnostic method to determine whether lidocaine will provide the patient with pain relief. Because lidocaine does not work for everyone and the therapy is very expensive, infusion is performed to determine lidocaine’s effectiveness.
- Surgical Sympathectomy – a surgical procedure wherein the nerves are cut essentially preventing the sympathetic nervous system from relaying pain signals from the affected area.
The most critical form of treatment is early diagnosis of the syndrome. A patient’s outlook improves dramatically with early diagnosis. If the syndrome can be diagnosed in its first stage it is possible for the symptoms to go into remission upon treatment.
If early diagnosis is not made (usually within months of onset) there is a significant probability of long-term disability occurring. Unfortunately, many CRPS victims are not diagnosed early and the syndrome causes crippling and irreversible changes.
It is estimated that between 1.5 and 3 million Americans suffer from CRPS/RSDS. It disproportionately affects women who account for approximately 75% of all cases. While the majority of victims develop the disease in their 30’s and 40’s, it can affect people of all age groups.
If you have some or all of the symptoms of CRPS you should see a physician immediately. Because CRPS is notoriously difficult to diagnose you should consider going to a specialist who has experience in treating CRPS such as Pain Management Specialists.
CRPS is frequently caused by trauma such as falls, automobile accidents and medical procedures such as surgery and venipuncture. If you or a family member developed CRPS as a result of some trauma caused by a third-party there may be legal remedies available to compensate you or your loved one for the cost of treatment and pain and suffering caused by CRPS.
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