Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Questions & Answers

Updated: Feb 06, 2019
  • Author: Manish K Singh, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

What is the pathophysiology of complex regional pain syndromes (CRPS)?

What is the prevalence of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) in the US?

What is avoided with early recognition of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

What are the sexual predilections of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

Which age groups have the highest prevalence of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

Presentation

How is pain characterized in complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

How is edema characterized in complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

What are the motor signs and symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

What are the sensory signs and symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

What are the psychological symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

What clinical history findings are characteristic of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

How are the two types of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) differentiated?

Which physical findings are characteristic of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

What causes complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

DDX

How is erythromelalgia differentiated from complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

What are the differential diagnoses for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for Complex Regional Pain Syndromes?

Workup

What is the role of lab tests in the workup of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

What is the role of sudomotor function testing in the workup of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

What is the role of EMG and NCS in the workup of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

What is the role of quantitative sensory testing (QST) in the workup of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

What is the role of laser Doppler imaging in the workup of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

What is the role of a sympathetic ganglion block response test in the workup of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

How is skin temperature assessed in the workup of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

Treatment

What is the role of physical therapy (PT) in the treatment of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

What is the role of occupational therapy in the treatment of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

What is the role of recreational therapy in the treatment of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

How is complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) treated?

What is the role of sympathetic blocks in the treatment of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

What is the role of IV regional blocks in the treatment of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

What is the role of somatic blocks in the treatment of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

What is the role of a dorsal column stimulator in the treatment of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

When is intrathecal infusion indicated in the treatment of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

What are the types of sympathectomy used in the treatment of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

What is the role of amputation in the treatment of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

Which specialist consultations are beneficial to patients with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

Which management strategies have been used in the treatment of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

What is the effectiveness of placebo treatments for complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

Guidelines

What are the Royal College of Physicians guidelines on the treatment of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

Medications

What is the role of medications in the treatment of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

Which medications in the drug class Opioid analgesics are used in the treatment of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for Complex Regional Pain Syndromes?

Which medications in the drug class Anticonvulsants are used in the treatment of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for Complex Regional Pain Syndromes?

Which medications in the drug class Antidepressants are used in the treatment of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for Complex Regional Pain Syndromes?

Which medications in the drug class Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are used in the treatment of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for Complex Regional Pain Syndromes?

Follow-up

When is inpatient care indicated in the treatment of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

How is the progression of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) prevented?

What are the possible complications of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

What is the prognosis of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

What is included in patient education about complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?