What Is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?

August 5, 2013 | Thomas L. Stroble
What Is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?

Victims of traumatic accidents often develop complications from their injuries that can be extremely debilitating. One type of complication is a condition called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy.

CRPS is identified by symptoms such as:

  • Burn sensations in the affected area
  • Changes in skin color and texture
  • Limb pain
  • Skin sensitivity
  • Stiffness of joints
  • Swelling

There are three different stages of the disease that can affect men and women of any age. Typically, however, victims of the disease are over the age of 10.

While the condition has no known cause, many experts believe CRPS’s origins lie in damage to the central nervous system. According to a press release from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, researchers have identified several abnormalities in the blood vessels and nerves of those affected by CRPS. Patients typically tend to have less myelination along the axons that send messages to blood vessels. CRPS patients also tend to have more dilated blood vessels that can leak fluid, leading to swelling and difficulty moving joints.

Treatment of the disease can often be costly.

That is why the Michigan Personal Injury Lawyers with Michigan Injury Lawyers would urge anyone who has been diagnosed with the condition to discuss their legal options for compensation with a qualified attorney as soon as possible.

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Mr. Stroble is a highly accomplished graduate of Michigan State University, with degrees in both science and law. He specializes in commercial lawsuits and personal injury cases. Licensed to practice law in Michigan and even the U.S. Supreme Court, he’s a well-qualified legal expert. Besides his career in law, he loves outdoor activities and volunteers as a part-time police officer in Birmingham.

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