Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

patient with chiropractor experiencing Complex Regional Pain SyndromeComplex Regional pain syndrome is a type of chronic pain that typically affects the leg or arm. It typically develops after surgery, an injury, heart attack or stroke. This is not a common condition. The causes of it are not fully understood either.

Symptoms of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

  • Continuous throbbing in the area
  • Sensitivity to cold and touch
  • Swelling in the area
  • Changes in skin color
  • Joint stiffness
  • Changes in nail and hair growth
  • Muscle spasms
  • Decreased mobility
Additionally, it is important to note that different people may experience different symptoms. People may also notice that their symptoms come and go.


Even though the causes of this syndrome have not yet been identified, health experts have found that there are two primary causes of this condition.

Type 1

Type 1 is also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome. It typically occurs after an injury or illness that did not cause damage to the nerves in the limbs. It is estimated that 90 percent of people who suffer from complex regional pain syndrome have type 1.

Type 2

This pain is also known as causalgia. It can cause the same symptoms as type 1. However, it is caused by a distinct nerve injury. Most people will not develop this syndrome after an injury. However, health experts do not know why some people develop it and others do not.


Above all, it is important to have this condition diagnosed and treated early. If it is not treated, then a person can suffer tissue wasting. In addition, they can also suffer muscle damage. For example, your finger and toes may remain in a fixed position. In conclusion, if you have complex regional pain syndrome, then you will need to see a chiropractor. Dr. Shane Silver can perform an adjustment to help your body heal. Dr. Silver is passionate about helping people live healthy lifestyles. Call for a consultation today.