Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a complex condition characterized by amplified pain in a body region along with sensory-motor, vasomotor, edema and/or sudomotor changes following an illness or injury. Healthcare professionals are in key positions to identify these patients early, when the condition is best treated. Early diagnosis is based on the patient’s history and clinical presentation and requires thorough multisystem assessments. After ruling out differential diagnoses, targeted therapy can begin. Motivating patients to move despite severe pain is essential. This is because failure to do so accelerates the disease progression, resulting in debilitating complications. This course reviews the pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment and complications of CRPS Type 1.
The goal of this continuing education module is to familiarize healthcare providers with the current understanding of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), 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-1 is distinguished from CRPS-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, CRPS-1 patients may be misdiagnosed, labeled and/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
Content Level: Introductory
Instructional Method: Online Course — Narrative
Content Focus Domain of OT: Client Factors
Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation
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