When the Nervous System ‘Misfires’

The two types of complex regional pain syndrome are CRPS Type 1 and CRPS Type 2. Type 1 (formerly known as reflex sympathy dystrophy or RSD), causes extreme pain following an injury, surgery, or immobilization, but it can develop in the absence of injury. Type 2 (formerly called causalgia), may occur due to direct and known injury to a nerve.

Patients with CRPS Type 1 typically experience extreme pain following a trivial injury to the hand, foot, arm, or leg, with no confirmed nerve damage. They feel pain that is disproportionate to the original injury because the body’s nervous system overreacts, sending pain signals to the injury site long after the injury has healed. 

Center for Pain Management has found that early treatment can alleviate or minimize pain and prevent symptoms from progressing. If you’re looking for a pain management specialist who has extensive experience treating patients with complex regional pain syndrome, please call us to request a consultation: (317) 706-7246.

CRPS Symptoms

In addition to chronic pain, symptoms may include:

  • Sensitivity to cold or touch
  • Changes in skin color or skin temperature
  • Thinning skin or tightening skin near the point of injury
  • Stiffness, swelling, and muscle loss
  • Pain that spreads to other parts of the body

Symptoms of CRPS may become progressively worse and cause loss of mobility.


Center for Pain Management creates individualized treatment plans for CRPS patients that may include nerve blocks and implanted intrathecal pumps that deliver opioid and non-opioid medication, at a fraction of the oral dosage. Spinal cord stimulators and dorsal root ganglion stimulators (DRGs) are the most effective treatments for CRPS.

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Many of our patients come to us because they’ve been unable to find relief for their pain. If you need help managing CRPS/RSD pain, you need to talk to an experienced pain management specialist who knows how to diagnose and treat this condition.

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