Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Treatment
CRPS is a condition which is described as constant or intense chronic pain which can develop after a minor injury or as a result of tissue damage during a surgical procedure. Most patients will report continuous, excruciating pain that exceeds the threshold for what is considered normal in comparison to the type of injury the patient has; the symptoms tend to worsen rather than get better over time.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is generally broken down into three stages:
- Stage one: During stage one the patient may experience burning pain, muscle spasms, stiffening of the joints, rapid hair or nail growth near the site of the injury. There is also the possibility of vasospasm which causes skin discoloration and fluctuating skin temperatures.
- Stage two: During stage two the patient will likely endure even more intense pain at the injury site, the swelling may spread, hair and nails growth may cease, the joints will begin to thicken making them less mobile, and loss of bone density will worsen.
- Stage three: With progression into stage three the pain will become unyielding, and most of the damage done to the skin and bones may be irreversible if untreated. The limb's mobility will become severely limited, and the muscles that help flex the joints will spasm. In some cases the limb may develop contracture and loss of function along with constant very painful skin even to slight touch ( allodynia)
Who Commonly Suffers From Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?
CRPS can strike at any age, however the average age at diagnosis is 42 and is 3 times more frequent in females than males. There are also studies which theorize that certain people may be genetically predisposed to developing CRPS after a significant or minor injury. Aside from predisposition studies show that statistically it is possible to associate smoking with CRPS. One study in particular showed 68% of patients were smokers as opposed to 37% in the hospitalized controls.
Our CRPS treatment at CALMARx PAIN RELIEF utilizes a unique method of electro-therapy and provides "incredible" results. View the testimonials below from our patients and their experiences. For more information on our services, contact us.
To: Those Considering CalmarPainTherapy Treatment
From: A Mother and Caregiver
Date: February 28, 2011
In January 2011 my daughter and I traveled from Texas to Providence, RI for Calmar Pain Relief Therapy treatment with Dr. Stephen D'amato. The results were incredible. On January 10th, Corrie entered Dr. D'amato's office using crutches which had been necessary for 18 months due to CRPS of her lower right leg and foot. Following treatment, she left Dr. D'amato's walking without assistance and has continued to be pain free since that day. In addition to being pain free, within 24 hours of treatment swelling and discoloration had disappeared and she no longer needed pain meds to dull her pain (along with the side effects of dulling her mind). Corrie had 8 additional Scrambler Therapy treatments to reinforce the rewiring signal emitted by the MC-5A computer. And, she knows that if there is a future flareup of CRPS corrective treatment is readily available.
Since that wonderful day, I have spoken with others who are suffering from chronic pain. Most respond with skepticism or surprise about this relatively new treatment. It is understandable to question the effectiveness of a treatment that is noninvasive and appears to be so simple (although technically it is not) , especially in a world where we are accustomed to resort to invasive procedures or drugs in efforts to try to alleviate pain. Instead, my choice was to do simple research at the library on neuroplasticity and soon the theory behind Calmar made perfect sense.. An introductory book on neuroplasticity, "The Brain That Changes Itself" by Norman Doidge, is an enjoyable read on how brain patterns (aka pain patterns) can be changed using biophysical means.