Complex Regional Pain Syndrome — Type I - OT303

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome — Type I

by Paul Arnstein, RN, PhD, FAAN
(4.3 / 247 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Occupational Therapy (0.10 AOTA CEU)

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


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

Accreditation Information
OnCourse Learning is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 9/20/2010
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/6/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 8/6/2018

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

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Drue Q - Crestwood, KY  ·  Aug 14, 2017
good information on the medical treatments of crps
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erika F - florissant, MO  ·  Jun 22, 2017
Informative and useful
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Shira S - Philadelphia , PA  ·  Jun 19, 2017
Informative for dealing with patients
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Jennifer H - Boulder Creek, CA  ·  Jun 17, 2017
the course material was confusing and the test questions were worded in a confusing manner
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Christine D - Rockford, IL  ·  Jun 14, 2017
good review of the CRPS
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