We hope to assist patients, as well as family, and friends of those who suffer from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) or more recently known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). This organization was formed in July 1990; and since then, has sent information regarding RSD/CRPS to hundreds of thousands patients and professionals worldwide. The free information we offer will help educate and inform you, your family, friends as well as your physician regarding the signs, symptoms, diagnosis and the latest methods of treatment for RSD/CRPS.
Management of CRPS
Doctor Hooshmand and I have co-authored the following article: The Management of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).
Below is an abstract from the article The Management of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).
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Abstract.The first step in the management of complex regional pain syndrome (CR PS) is coming to the arrival at an accurate diagnosis. CRPS is diagnosed by inclusion and not by exclusion. No laboratory tests can diagnose CRPS 100% of the time. The use of scintigraphic triphasic bone scans (STBS) m ay help diagnose CR PS in approximately 55% of the cases in the first six months(1). The research of Chelimsly et al., found STBS to be abnormal in no m ore than 25% of CR PS patients (2). The use of infrared thermal imaging (ITI) is useful in the diagnosis and management of CR PS pain. It provides an overall picture of temperature changes in superficial and deep structures (27 m m) (3-5). ITI provides useful clinical information when applied with proper technique. It provides diagnostic and therapeutic information limited to diseases involving autonomic, neuro vascular, and neuroinflamm atory changes (3, 6, and 7).
CRPS is a clinical diagnosis corroborated by test such as laser doppler, STB S, and ITI. Early diagnosis is essential for successful treatment of CR PS (8-1 0).