Complex Regional Pain Syndrome — Type I - CMEZ303

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome — Type I

by Paul Arnstein, RN, PhD, FAAN
(4.5 / 32 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Medicine (1.00 Credits)
Physician (1.00 Credits)

Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50


Complex regional pain syndrome is a perplexing condition characterized by unabated tissue and neurogenic inflammation that amplifies pain in a body region along with sensorimotor, vasomotor, or sudomotor changes after an illness or injury. Healthcare professionals are in key positions to identify these patients soon after its onset when the condition is most effectively treated. Early diagnosis is based on the patient’s history and clinical presentation, and requires a thorough multisystem assessment. After ruling out differential diagnoses, targeted therapy can begin. Motivating patients to move despite severe pain is essential. Failure to do so accelerates the disease progression and contributes to debilitating complications. This course reviews the pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, and complications of CRPS type 1 that severely impact biopsychosocial functioning.


The goal of this continuing education module is to familiarize healthcare providers with the current understanding of complex regional pain syndrome, a chronic pain condition characterized by prolonged, excessive pain and changes in skin color, temperature, or swelling in the affected area. Of the subtypes, CRPS type 1 is distinguished from CRPS type 2 in that no nerve lesion or anomaly on routine testing is found, and excessive pain is not explained by the mechanism of injury. Thus, patients with CRPS-1 may be misdiagnosed, labeled, or untreated. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe the diagnostic criteria for CRPS-1
  • Develop an integrated interdisciplinary treatment plan for a patient with CRPS-1
  • List three ways healthcare professionals can improve the quality of life for patients with CRPS-1

Approval Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and physicians.
Physicians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Medicine, Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and Florida Physician Assistants (provider # FBN 50-1489).
Physician Continuing Education Credit
OnCourse Learning designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Physician Assistant Continuing Education Credit
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.0 hour of Category I credit for completing this program.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

Course Originally Released on: 7/16/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 12/19/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/19/2020

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Ryan F - New Berlin, WI  ·  Nov 27, 2018
Good, indepth overview of the current research and avaiable data. Well outlined diagnostic critera flow chart.
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Alyssa R - Vancouver, WA  ·  Nov 10, 2018
good information, new topic to me
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Steven S - Raleigh, NC  ·  Nov 06, 2018
overly medical terminology and scientific information overshadowed the main points
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Jennifer G - Orlando, FL  ·  Oct 22, 2018
Good review of CRPS Type 1
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Frederick V - Philadelphia, PA  ·  Aug 07, 2018
This course is ok, not great
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Price: $15.00
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