Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a nerve disorder that occurs at the site of an injury. It occurs especially after injuries from high-velocity impacts such as those from bullets or shrapnel. However, it may occur without apparent injury. The arms or legs are usually involved. SYMPTOMS CRPS is a chronic condition characterized by: • Severe burning pain. • Changes in bone and skin. • Excessive sweating. • Tissue swelling. • Extreme sensitivity to touch. One visible sign of CRPS near the site of injury is warm, shiny, red skin that later becomes cool and bluish. The pain that patients report is out of proportion to the severity of the injury. The pain gets worse, rather than better, over time. Eventually the joints become

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