Complex regional Pain syndrome as Personal Injury

Complex regional pain syndrome or CPRS is not a new condition. It was first observed by physician and writer Silas Weir Mitchell during the American Civil War. Back then, it was called causalgia, a term coined by friend and fellow physician Robley Dunglison. Causalgia derives from the Greek word kausos (heat) and algia (pain). CPRS is characterized as chronic pain that originates from the arm or the leg, which then spreads to other parts of the body. There are two types of CRPS: the more common Type I (reflex sympathetic dystrophy) which exhibits no nerve lesions; and Type II (causalgia) which shows obvious damage to the nerves. Type II is by the far the more painful, and symptoms are difficult to control. There is no known cure for CRPS. Symptoms include:

  • Persistent throbbing or burning pain
  • Swelling
  • Changes in skin color, texture and temperature
  • Heat and cold sensitivity
  • Muscle spasms
  • Stiff joints

No one really knows what CRPS is, but it is believed that it is a dysfunction of the peripheral or central nervous system. It most commonly occurs to adults between 20 and 35 years of age with more women affected than men. The cause of CRPS is also unknown, but there are theories that at least some of CRPS cases is triggered by a traumatic injury to the affected area. It is not understood why. This may be one of the long-term effects of a bad accident as mentioned on the website of Ravid and Associates. In the advanced stage, the patient can experience loss of use an eventual muscle atrophy of the affected limb which may eventually require amputation. CRPS can lead to occupational dysfunction, depression, or suicide. If you acquired CRPS following a traumatic injury caused by a negligent accident, you may be able to get financial assistance to manage the condition. Consult with a personal injury lawyer in you state for more information.

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