Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) describes chronic pain in the arm or leg. It generally develops after an injury or procedure. However, the pain is usually disproportionate to the severity of the injury. Unfortunately, CRPS is not fully understood and is a fairly uncommon condition, which has allowed for a number of misconceptions surrounding the condition. Here, we’ll dispel some of these myths.

What Are the Symptoms of CRPS?

CRPS comes with a sea of various symptoms and waves of flare-ups and remissions. Symptoms of CRPS can include:

  • Pain that exceeds severe
  • Muscle spasms
  • Stiff joints
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Changes in skin tone, temperature, and texture
  • Weakness
  • Mobility issues
  • Tremors

Furthermore, research shows that chronic pain can lead to mental and emotional distress, which makes diagnosing CRPS that much more vital to your well-being.

Common Misconceptions About CRPS

Myth #1: CRPS Will Go Away on Its Own

Sometimes, complex regional pain syndrome will resolve by itself, so some believe it’s always true. However, most who recover from CRPS have a mild case and are in optimal health. We recommend receiving treatment for CRPS right away rather than waiting for it to go away on its own because there is no guarantee that it will, and it can be really hard on your mental and physical health.

Myth #2: The Pain Is All In Your Head

This myth likely developed because complex regional pain syndrome was named a psychological issue in the past since the medical community couldn’t explain CRPS, even with physical symptoms such as limb stiffness and skin temperature changes. However, CRPS is a physical condition that researchers are still working to understand.

Myth #3: CRPS Only Develops After Major Events

Complex regional pain syndrome is a physical issue that can happen to anyone regardless of age or prior injury. CRPS can even start after minor trauma, such as cuts or nonsurgical procedures.

Discover Your Path To CRPS Relief Freedom Spine and Pain

Chronic pain can affect your quality of life, making it essential to receive treatment from experts on the condition. We at Freedom Spine and Pain Center provide patients with a customized, comprehensive treatment plan for much-deserved pain relief from chronic regional pain syndrome. If you’re suffering from chronic pain, call us at 210-920-8945 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. We have three convenient locations in Boerne, Kerrville, and San Antonio, TX.