Complex Regional Pain Syndrome — Type I - PT303

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome — Type I

by Paul Arnstein, RN, PhD, FAAN
(4.3 / 820 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


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

Accreditation Information
This course is for physical therapists.
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the NY State Education Department of CE for PT and PTA from 10/21/09 to 10/20/18.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of CA as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of CA.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed PT CE sponsor (#216.000275) with the IL Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through 9/30/2016.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The OH PT Association (approval no. 11S1798 for 12/01/11 to 12/01/12, 12S2091 for 12/02/12 to 12/02/13; 13S1870 for 12/03/13 to 12/03/14; 14S1706 for 12/04/14 to 12/04/15; 15S2334 for 12/05/15 to 12/05/16; 16S2253 for 12/06/16 to 12/06/17).
The FL PT Association (approval no. CE110017923 for 01/01/11 to 12/31/11; CE120018229 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12, CE130019753 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CE140021432 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CE150023802 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27032 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-517897 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-538448 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the FL PT Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The TN PT Association for Class 1 CE Requirement (approval no. 4123 for 12/15/11 to 12/14/12, 4810 for 12/15/12 to 12/14/13; 5258 for 12/15/13 to 12/14/14; 5822 for 12/15/14 to 12/14/15; 2147 for 12/15/15 to 12/14/16; 2016-520 for 12/15/16 to 12/14/17).
The PA Board of PT (approval no. PTCE002864 for 02/05/12 to 12/31/12; PTCE004244 for 01/26/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE006365 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE009927 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18).
The NJ Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 129-2012 from 01/03/12 to 01/31/14; 205-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-370 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18; 1801-214 for 2/1/18 to 1/30/20).
This course has been approved by:
The MD State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 12/06/11 to 12/06/15; 10/30/15 to 10/30/19.
The NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of CE for 01/30/12 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17; 11/29/17 to 12/31/19.
The IL Chapter CE Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of CE offerings established by The IL PT Association (approval no. 437-4076 for 12/01/11 to 12/01/12, 437-4601 for 12/01/12 to 12/01/13). According to the Rules for the Administration of the IL PT Act (section 13460.61) published by the IL Department of Professional Regulation, a PT or PTA applying for re-licensure in IL can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required CE hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.
  • 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

Course Originally Released on: 4/30/2002
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. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Christopher R - Rockford, IL  ·  Sep 14, 2018
Provided a good amount of information into CRPS type I
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Scott T - Huntington Beach, CA  ·  Sep 11, 2018
I recently saw a person in the hospital with some of these characteristics. I tried to incorporate some of what I learned here.
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LISA D - Paragould, AR  ·  Sep 10, 2018
This course very helpful since I have CRSP
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Ryan B - Worcester , MA  ·  Sep 09, 2018
This course provided me with a new insight about CRPS, sub typing CRPS and how to properly initiate a multimodal treatment.
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Brian W - Manchester, CT  ·  Sep 09, 2018
Well organized information
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Price: $19.00
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