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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Specialist

Interventional Spine and Pain Institute

Pain Management Specialists & Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in Vero Beach, FL & Palm Bay, FL

If you have pain that lasts long after an injury or surgery, you could have complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). At Interventional Spine and Pain Institute, board-certified pain management specialist Michael Esposito, MD, offers on-site diagnostic testing to confirm CRPS. He customizes a treatment plan to manage your symptoms. Dr. Esposito can help you find long-term pain relief with regenerative medicine, spinal cord stimulation, and other minimally invasive therapies. Call the office in Vero Beach or Palm Bay, Florida, to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for complex regional pain syndrome, or book your appointment online today.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Q & A

What is complex regional pain syndrome?

Chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a condition that can develop after a surgery, injury, or stroke. This condition causes persistent, throbbing pain in your arms or legs and interferes with your quality of life.

While the underlying cause of CRPS isn’t well understood, it might relate to dysfunction after an injury to the peripheral or central nervous system.

CRPS can cause muscle and bone atrophy, leading to chronic pain and weakness if left untreated. You might also experience painful muscle contractions that leave your fingers and toes bent.

When should I seek treatment for complex regional pain syndrome?

If you have constant pain that seems more severe than your original injury, you should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Interventional Spine and Pain Institute. Dr. Esposito also recommends scheduling a consultation for CRPS if you have unexplained symptoms that persist for several weeks, like:

  • Joint stiffness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Swelling in your legs or arms
  • Increased sensitivity to touch
  • Changes in your skin color or texture

Using on-site diagnostic technologies, Dr. Esposito can rule out other conditions and confirm a diagnosis of complex regional pain syndrome.

How is complex regional pain syndrome treated?

In the early stages of CRPS, Dr. Esposito will probably recommend anti-inflammatories or pain relievers to keep you comfortable. He could refer you for physical therapy to improve the mobility and range of motion in your legs and arms.

Other treatments for CRPS include:

Injection therapies

If oral medications aren’t working, you could benefit from injections of anesthetic and anti-inflammatory drugs.

Regenerative medicine therapies

Regenerative medicine therapies using stem cells and/or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) help your body heal from the inside. The treatments use substances found naturally in your body to stimulate its ability to heal damaged soft tissues, bone, and nerves, preventing the need for surgery.

Spinal cord stimulation

If you have severe pain from CRPS, Dr. Esposito can determine if you’re a candidate for spinal cord stimulation. He connects lead wires to the nerves in your spine that transmit low currents of electricity. The electricity interferes with pain signals that travel from your nerves to your brain.

If you’re limited by chronic symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome, call Interventional Spine and Pain Institute or book a consultation online today.