Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Specialist

Northwest Suburban Pain Center

Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in Arlington Heights, IL & South Barrington, IL

Complex regional pain syndrome can be a particularly frustrating condition to deal with since very little is known about it. While the condition may be a moving target in terms of a cure, there are a number of effective treatments that help with the symptoms. At Northwest Suburban Pain Center, with offices in Arlington Heights, South Barrington, and Schaumburg, Illinois, the interventional pain management specialists have considerable experience helping patients return to normal lives. If you’re dealing with complex regional pain syndrome, call one of the offices or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Q & A

What is complex regional pain syndrome?

Complex regional pain syndrome is chronic, hard-to-treat pain, which typically presents itself in your arm or your leg. Little is known about what causes the condition, but medical researchers believe that an accident or trauma usually sparks the disorder, which causes your nervous system to malfunction, causing disproportionate pain.

Complex regional pain syndrome is divided into two types: 1 and 2. With type 1, the original accident or injury didn’t directly involve your nerves. With type 2 complex regional pain syndrome, the injury caused identifiable injury to your nerves. About 90% of those who have the condition suffer from type 1.

What are the symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome?

The symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome vary from one person to the next, but usually include:

  • Throbbing pain in one of your extremities, such as your arm, leg, hand, or foot
  • Increased sensitivity to cold temperatures or to touch
  • Swelling and stiffness in your joints
  • Discolored skin, such as white, red, or blue patches
  • A change in the texture and temperature of your skin
  • Limited movement
  • Changes in the patterns of nail or hair growth

Again, these symptoms vary considerably and may increase over time, leading to permanent damage, or simply go away on their own.

What are the treatments for complex regional pain syndrome?

In order to address the pain caused by complex regional pain syndrome, the interventional pain management specialists at Northwest Suburban Pain Center turn to sympathetic nerve blocks, including:

Stellate nerve block

Your doctor injects an anesthetic into the sympathetic nerves in your neck, if your symptoms are located in your arms or hands.

Lumbar sympathetic block

Your doctor injects an anesthetic into the sympathetic nerves located in your low back to relieve pain in your legs and feet.

The earlier you get a handle on complex regional pain syndrome the more you’re able to avoid the potential complications, such as irreversible atrophy.

To find out more about the treatments for complex regional pain syndrome at Northwest Suburban Pain Center, call or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.

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