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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Many individuals suffer from chronic pain after being in an accident, as a result of a surgery or some other trauma. One poorly understood condition is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD). If not properly diagnosed, CRPS can lead to permanent injuries and the physical, emotional and financial burden can be overwhelming.

If you are suffering from CRPS, you may be entitled to compensation for the harm you have suffered. The personal injury law firm of J&Y fights for victims of chronic pain in Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, San Bernardino County, San Francisco County, Sacramento County, and all of California.

What is Complex Regional Syndrome?

CRPS is a chronic pain condition affecting the arms, legs, hands or feet that typically develops after an injury in an accident, surgery, stroke or heart attack. While the actual cause of CRPS is not clear, the syndrome is thought to be the result of the body’s abnormal response to an injury, possibly as the result of damage to the nervous system. The pain is often persistent and severe, disproportional to the original injury.

There are two types of CRPS: Type 1 is chronic pain that is not the result of a nerve injury and Type 2 which occurs when there has been a direct injury to a nerve. Type 1 injuries often arise after car accidents, slip and falls, or surgery, while Type 2 injuries involve a nerve injury whether from an injection or a surgical mistake.

The symptoms of CRPS can vary from person to person, but commonly include:

  • Stiffness or swelling of the joints
  • Swelling and decreased mobility of the affected region
  • Muscle spasms
  • Prolonged sensation of burning or pain
  • Heightened sensitivity to temperature
  • Changes in skin color or texture
  • Changes in hair or nail growth

If you are suffering with chronic pain, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. CRPS is known to spread to regions of the body other than the initial point, and an early diagnosis is crucial to recovery. While there is no known cure for CRPS, patients can be treated with nerve blocks, pain medications, physical therapy and pain management. If you are not being treated, the condition can lead to permanent damage including deterioration of the skin, bones and muscle.

How the law firm of J&Y Helps Victims of CRPS

If your CRPS was caused by an accident or surgical mistake, the personal injury attorneys at J&Y can help you obtain compensation for your injuries, the cost of medical care including prescription medicines and physical therapy, and lost wages. Don’t suffer in silence! Call our office today for a free evaluation of your case at (888) 806-6722.