Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

The Honolulu Pain Management Clinic LLC understands the difficulty and nature of this condition and will work with you to provide relief.



Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a long term condition characterized by severe pain and sensitivity, swelling, and changes in the skin. Precipitating factors include injury and surgery, although there are cases where no injury had occurred at the original site.  Treatment is complicated, involving medications, physical and occupational therapy, psychological treatments and neuromodulation. The symptoms of CRPS usually initially manifest near the site of a (typically minor) injury. The most common symptoms are pain sensations, including burning, stabbing, grinding, and throbbing. Moving or touching the limb is often intolerable. Physical and occupational therapy are important components of the management of CRPS primarily by desensitizing the affected body part, restoring motion, and improving function. Good progress can be made in treating CRPS if treatment is begun early, ideally within three months of the first symptoms. [1]