Little is known about complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). It is a form of chronic pain that commonly affects an arm or a leg. This condition usually develops following an injury or a surgery or sometimes strokes and heart attacks. The pain experienced by this condition is usually out of proportion to the severity of the injury sustained in the first place.
CRPS is not very common and so it’s very poorly understood including its cause. The treatment for CRPS is at its most effective when it is started early. In many cases improvement and remission are even possible.
It is thought that CRPS is caused by severe compression although it can also start after any kind of injury and often there is no reason that is identified for why it starts.
People often also need to claim compensation for CRPS which is required to cover costs for things like rehabilitation, potential pet therapy and pet support and costs (source: Wuffes) and living costs which have otherwise been affected by the condition and its onset.
Symptoms of CRPS
There are many symptoms of CRPS. They include:
- Continuous burning or throbbing pain, usually in your arm, leg, hand or foot
- Decreased ability to move the affected body part
- Changes in skin texture (the skin can become very tender)
- Sensitivity to touch or cold
- Changes in skin temperature (alternating between cold and sweaty)
- Changes in hair growth
- Changes in nail growth
- Changes in skin colour (skin can be white, blue, or blotchy red)
- Swelling of any painful areas
- Stiffness and swelling of the joints
- Muscle spasms and tremors
Symptoms can change over periods of time and present very different in different people. Pain, swelling, redness, noticeable changes in temperature and hypersensitivity (particularly to cold and touch) usually show themselves first. The affected limb can become cold and pale over time.
It may undergo nail and skin changes. Muscle spasms and tightening also occurs. Once these changes happen, the condition is often irreversible. CRPS might also spread from its source to elsewhere in your body, for example the opposite limb to the one effected.
In some people, signs and symptoms of CRPS go away without any medical intervention. In others, signs and symptoms may persist for months to years.
Because CPRS can be caused by an accident, for example a road traffic accident, surgical complications or even an accident at work, you can get advice from specialised personal injury solicitors who can then make a claim for compensation on your behalf, much like it is the case for fibromyalgia claims (Brian Barr Solicitors).
Living with CPRS as a result of an injury that wasn’t your fault can be incredibly frustrating and detrimental to your well-being and mental health. Having CRPS can be debilitating, compounding your situation further if you are unable to work as a result of the condition.
The inability to bring in money could lend someone with the condition into further disarray as result of something that wasn’t their fault. Injury solicitors can look at a case and find the best options for that specific case. These solicitors will have years of knowledge and expertise on injury claims.
Their objective is to help secure peoples support and rehabilitation in order to boost the quality of life for people with the condition. Their goal is to improve the situations needed to be faced, as well as ensuring the financial stability of the claimant.
Making a claim whilst having CPRS could be vital for improving the life of someone with the conditions, not least to help them financially to get the treatment they need.