Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, also known as CRPS, affects an arm, leg, or hand normally and it causes the affected area a lot of constant pain. The pain usually comes after you are injured in some way, though it can also happen after a surgery or heart attack. This is not a common condition and there are a variety of medical opinions on it.
It is best to treat the condition very early on as it is possible to improve the condition or even rewind the serious effects of it on the body. You will know you have it if you notice rapid changes in your hair or nail growth, changes in the skin, such as it getting redder or shinier, if the area becomes sensitive to the touch or to the cold, if the area becomes painful to the touch, nonstop pain in the affected area, muscle atrophy in the limb, spasms in the limb, and in some cases an inability to move the limb completely.
The condition may go away on its own or very slowly, but more often than not the condition needs medical care. Obtaining a conclusive diagnosis from a doctor or healthcare professional confirming that you have CRPS is a crucial step in the development of your case. The reason behind this is that many insurance companies will attempt to argue with you about whether you have CRPS.
In fact, one tactic commonly employed by insurance companies is to send CRPS victims to a doctor for what is called an Independent Medical Exam (IME). Most of the time these doctors will claim that CRPS is not present.
This is not altogether surprising since the doctor is normally hired by the insurance company to review your records and evaluate you one time (in other words, this doctor is not a treating doctor who will be rendering care and seeing you multiple times).
Thus, it is best to see a doctor who will make the right diagnosis, which may or may not be CRPS.Medical Causes of CRPS
Not all doctors understand what causes CRPS. Many believe it’s an injury to the central nervous system, but it almost always comes about because of trauma or an injury to the area. There are two types of CRPS. Type one is commonly referred to as RSD, which stands for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome. The vast majority of people who have this condition are diagnosed with Type 1. This type occurs from an injury that didn’t do direct damage to the particular limb that was injured—i.e. if you slipped and fell and used your right arm to break your fall the arm didn’t suffer the damage to the nerves. Type 2 is also known as causalgia, which is similar to type 1, but with type 2 there is a nerve injury.
Most of the time CRPS comes about after an injury involving a fracture, a crush to a limb, or a total amputation. However, surgeries and infections and heart attacks can trigger the condition as well. But again, the medical community is not in consensus with what causes it. There seems to be a widespread agreement that there becomes a problem between the central nervous system and inflammatory responses. Muscles tend to either contract or atrophy completely from CRPS.Common Reasons for CRPS
If you have suffered a CRPS injury, chances are it occurred in one of the following ways:
- Car accident
- Truck accident
- Motorcycle accident
- Bicycle accident
- Construction accident
- On the job injury
- Worksite accident
- Slip and fall
CRPS injuries on occasion do heal themselves on their own without any kind of medical care, but this is rare. The reality is that this is a serious condition that needs medical attention to treat. Neurologists and pain management specialists are often good resources to turn to for people suffering from this condition as they are well-versed and well-positioned to help if you have suffered this rare and serious condition. In addition, therapies and some tests, such as bone scans, are needed in many instances to be able to help diagnose and evaluate your condition.How The Jackman Law Firm Can Help
The Jackman Law Firm can effectively represent you in recouping lost wages, money for medical bills, money for pain and suffering, and obtaining money for your out of pocket expenses from parties at fault for your injury.
We can help you through this difficult time by working with the insurance company for the person or company who caused your CRPS and try to reach a settlement out of court if possible. If it is not possible, we are prepared to go to court for you and try your case in front of a jury to reach a favorable outcome.
The stakes are high and the time to file a claim is limited to three years from the date of your injury. The money you can receive from the pain and suffering portion of your case could be substantial if your injuries can be linked by substantial medical evidence to CRPS.
Feel free to call The Jackman Law Firm for a free consultation to discuss your case.