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Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), formerly known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) or “causalgia”, reflex neurovascular dystrophy (RND), or amplified musculoskeletal pain syndrome (AMPS), is a chronic, painful, and progressive neurological condition that affects the skin, muscles, joints, and bones.
- As many as 5 million Americans suffer from CRPS
- CRPS/RSD is ranked as the most painful form of chronic pain that exists today by the McGill Pain Index
- In a high percentage of cases, the condition spreads to multiple areas of the body
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is an injury often caused by another person’s negligence. These include traumas caused by vehicle or motorcycle accidents, workplace injuries (machine-related, violence, falls, etc.), medical malpractice, work-related repetitive motion injuries and slip and falls.
Treatment for CRPS is ongoing and can be very expensive, with the cost of some procedures reaching into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. These financial pressures can create additional anxieties aggravating the sufferer’s pain and other symptoms associated with their CRPS / RSD making it important to consult with a Pasadena complex regional pain syndrome lawyer. Through the assistance of an experienced injury lawyer, you can hold the negligent party responsible for their actions and seek recovery for any damages you have incurred.
Importance of Seeking Legal Representation
In a lawsuit, you must prove that another person or entity caused your CRPS / RSD. CRPS / RSD symptoms are often invisible and variable. Scott Glovsky is an experienced trial injury attorney and has worked on numerous complex medical cases. He understands how to present evidence of these injuries to a jury and how to link this type of injury to the negligence of others.
Our Los Angeles region complex regional pain syndrome attorneys have a history of bringing cases to trial. We will work with you every step of the way. If you have been diagnosed with CRPS / RSD or believe you have this disease, contact us immediately so we can help you assess your situation. The consultation is free. Tell us about your case.
Cause of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
The causes of CRPS aren’t yet fully understood. Some individuals develop CRPS while others with similar trauma do not. What is clear, in more than 90 percent of cases, the condition is triggered by a clear history of trauma or injury. Common triggers include:
- Forceful trauma to fingers, hands, arms, legs, feet or torso
- Heart attacks
- Fractures and
Symptoms of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Sufferers characterize the pain as constant and intense. The pain sufferers experience is almost always out of proportion to the original injury. The pain is typically accompanied by swelling, skin changes, extreme sensitivity, and can often be debilitating. It usually affects one or more of the four limbs but can occur in any part of the body and in over 70% of the victims, it spreads to additional areas.
RSD/CRPS is characterized by various degrees of burning pain (constant, often chronic), inflammation (sweating, skin blotting), spasms, and psychological disturbances (confusion, insomnia, memory disruptions). Other symptoms may include hypersensitivity (to touch, sound, vibration, etc.), irritability, bone loss, muscle weakness, and migraine headaches.
RSD/CRPS Diagnosis & Treatment
CRPS / RSD is a clinical diagnosis based on signs and symptoms. Experienced CRPS / RSD physicians may use medical histories, physical exams, and other tests (bone scans, x-rays, sensory testing) to diagnose the condition.
Treatments for patients with CRPS / RSD include medications, physical therapy, sympathetic nerve-blocks, spinal cord stimulation, surgery, biofeedback, and topical analgesics.
The Los Angeles, Claremont, and Pasadena complex regional pain syndrome lawyers at The Law Offices of Scott Glovsky have considerable experience investigating, prosecuting, and trying to verdict cases involving severe personal injuries. Contact us today for a free consultation.