Complex Regional Pain Syndrome-What you need to know

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What is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and can we help?

If you or someone you know has suffered from Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome you understand how frustrating and painful it can be.

CRPS is a disorder of typically the arms or legs that are characterized by pain, swelling, numbness, limited range of motion, and nerve pain.

What causes Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?

There are several causes of CRPS but the most common is a result from a fracture, surgery, or soft tissue injury. However, some cases of CRPS can have unknown or idiopathic cause.

Read more about CRPS here in our previous post.

What are treatments that can help?

Common standard treatments for CRPS include physical therapy, behavioral therapy to address the psychosocial and emotional involvement with patients who have CRPS, and prescription management.

The ultimate goal of treatment is to support and restore nerve function, stability, and reduce pain. This is where acupuncture and naturopathic medicine comes into play.

Did you know acupuncture has been recommended and shown to help with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?

Acupuncture has been shown to help improve blood flow, restore nerve function, decrease pain and inflammation, and restore function…among other things. Studies have shown acupuncture can help restore nerve function, aid in anti-inflammatory process, and speed recovery. In adding to reducing redness increase mobility, and moderate limb temperature in patients with CRPS.

Because acupuncture inherently addresses the whole body it can help with all aspects of CRPS including reducing stress and anxiety, improving energy, in addition to helping with pain and nerve involvement.

Therefore, acupuncture can provide a safe and effective treatment option for those who suffer from CRPS.

At Starting Point Acupuncture in Bothell, WA, we offer an integrated approach to care which addressed the underlying cause as well as helping you improve quality of life. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you become pain-free, give our office a call today at (425) 686-4498 to schedule your initial consultation.


Sources:

Uptodate

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1781596/pdf/12775355.pdf

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Dr. Ellie Heintze, ND, LAc

  • Master’s Degree in Acupuncture
    Bastyr University
  • Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine
    Bastyr University
  • Master’s Degree in Chemistry
    Northern Arizona University
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