What Is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?

Joint Pain

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a complicated condition involving pain, swelling, sensitivity, and weakness throughout one’s body. One of its main characteristics is extreme symptoms relative to the inciting injury, believed to be caused by abnormal nerve function overreacting to pain signals.

Those who suffer from this condition often experience drastic lifestyle changes to address CRPS’s various symptoms. Treating it from a medical standpoint can be difficult and expensive. Formally known as Reflex Sympathy Dystrophy, medical professionals consider CRPS to be a nerve-related issue that triggers symptoms such as those described above.

Additional symptoms can include the following:

  • Joint stiffness
  • Throbbing or burning sensations
  • Muscle spasms or tremors
  • Decreased mobility
  • Changes in hair and nail growth

What Causes Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?

CRPS is commonly observed in patients who have suffered from heart attacks, strokes, or traumatic injuries. It can also occur in patients who’ve undergone one or more surgical procedures. In this case, CRPS may have been caused by a negligent surgical mistake, which could provide the grounds necessary for a medical malpractice lawsuit.

What If My Doctor Failed to Diagnose or Treat CRPS?

CRPS is understood enough that a competent medical professional should be able to diagnose it. If you have suffered from this condition and believe a doctor who should have diagnosed it failed to do so, or failed to render proper treatment in a timely manner, you may have additional grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Who Can Help Me with My Legal Claim?

If you want to discuss your claim with a qualified and experienced attorney, reach out to the Law Office of David A. Kates for assistance. Our firm focuses much of our practice on medical malpractice issues, particularly those involving CRPS.

Our goal is to help clients suffering from CRPS recover damages they may be owed when medical professionals and institutions mishandled their treatment and care. To learn more about how we can help, consider getting in touch with us today.

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