Welcome to this new blog that is dedicated to providing the latest updates, research and thinking in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD). I am a physiotherapist with a background in pain neuroscience and take a very modern approach to chronic pain and injury including CRPS. For more information on the clinics in London and Surrey click here and for the Specialist Pain Physio Blog click here (this covers many aspects of pain, pain neuroscience, research and thoughts about pain and health).
CRPS is a condition that causes a great deal of suffering. The range of symptoms include pain, altered sense of the affected area, colour changes, sweating changes, skin and nail changes and altered sensation (pins & needles, numbness and other unpleasant sensations) to name but a few. I see a variety of presentations and hear many stories about how the problem began, has been treated, often misunderstood and how it currently manifests. The narrative is vital and detail is key in gaining a sense of the situation and how to take it forwards.
Fortunately there are some brilliant researchers that are doing some incredible work that allows us to be more and more effective in the clinic. Some of this work was done a while ago and texts written to help understanding but is just not referred to commonly. It is important to draw upon this and the on-going studies to develop the most up-to-date treatment.
Just as much as this blog will put out current research and thought, I am very keen to hear about people’s experiences and stories, both from those who have CRPS, those who care for or live with sufferers of CRPS and those who treat the condition.