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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Treatment in Gilbert, AZ

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Treatment

  • Pain relievers:
    • Over-the-counter pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and naproxen sodium may help relieve mild pain and inflammation.
    • Topical creams such as lidocaine can help reduce pain.
    • Your doctor may prescribe you stronger pain relievers or antidepressants or anticonvulsants to treat nerve pain.
    • To help prevent or reduce bone loss, your doctor may prescribe bone-loss medication.
  • Nerve block, such as stellate ganglion block
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Heat therapy
  • Physical or occupational therapy
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Biofeedback or psychotherapy therapy
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Intrathecal drug pumps
  • Surgery or amputations: these are typically only used for severe cases when every other treatment option has failed.

Symptoms of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

The symptoms may vary from person to person, but the initial symptoms of CRPS are:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Changes in temperature and hypersensitivity to cold and touch

Other symptoms include:

  • Changes in skin temperature, color, or texture
  • Changes in hair or nail growth
  • Continuous burning or throbbing pain in arm, leg, hand, food
  • Decreased mobility in the affected body part(s)
  • Joint stiffness, swelling, and damage
  • Muscle spasms, tremors, weakness, or atrophy
  • Sensitivity to touch and temperature

Your symptoms can spread elsewhere in your body, such as the opposite limb or another nearby limb.


  • Type 1: (also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy) occurs after illness or injury that didn’t directly damage nerves in the affected limb.
  • Type 2: occurs after an injury directly to the nerve.


The majority of people living with CRPS live with Type 1 CRPS occurs more frequently in women than men and is considered a rare disease, as it only affects about 5.46 people per 100,000 annually.

The Pain Experts of Arizona was founded to bring the highest level of care in a state-of-the-art setting that emphasizes the belief of treating our patients with the same respect, compassion, and dedication we would treat our own friends and family.

Contact our office to schedule an appointment and let us help you get back on your way to an active life without the limitations of chronic pain. From our Phoenix office, The Pain Experts of Arizona, serves pain management patients in Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek, and the entire Phoenix area.