CRPS Facts

What Is CRPS?

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome formerly known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) is a chronic, painful, debilitating, neurological pain disorder.


  1. How does someone get CRPS/RSD?

     Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is developed after a trauma to the body such as an injury or surgery. 

  2. What are some symptoms of CRPS?

    Some symptoms include: extreme, constant pain, inflammation, temperature changes, swelling, stiffness, sensitivity to touch, and pathological changes to skin and bones. In addition memory loss, mood swings, insomnia, tremors, and other complications may occur. 

  3. Is there a cure for CRPS?

    There is no known cure for this disease. 

  4. Are there any treatments?

    Although there is not cure, there are some treatments available for CRPS patients.  This is not an all inclusive list.

    • Spinal Cord Stimulators
    • Ketamine Treatments
    • Drug therapies
    • Nerve Blocks
    • Antidepressants (for the psychological effects of this disease)
    • Physical Therapy 
  5. How painful is CRPS?

    According to the McGill pain index, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is ranked as the highest form of pain. This is ranked higher than cancer and childbirth.

  6. Who can get CRPS?

     Anyone can develop this disease. It can affect people of all ages, races, and genders. 

  7. CRPS is an invisible disease, what does this mean?

    An invisible disease means that a person might look healthy on the outside. The symptoms of CRPS are not obvious to the outside world. A person with CRPS may be able to do something on one day but not the other. It describes an ongoing problem within a person. 

  8. How do I find a doctor to treat CRPS?

    On average it takes about 4-6 doctors to get the proper diagnosis of CRPS.  There are various doctors that can properly treat Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Look for pain management doctors, neurologists, and orthopedists.