After an individual suffers an injury as a result of an accident, unforeseen complications may occur that extend the healing process. One of these is complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Although rare, this complication can make it difficult for an injured person to get his or her life back on track. When an individual suffers an injury in an accident that results in complex regional pain syndrome, contacting a Florida accident injury lawyer in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, or West Palm Beach who is knowledgeable in this area can help. Because CRPS can take a long time to heal or even become a permanent condition, having an attorney who will fight for your rights is important.
What Is CRPS?
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome may occur following an accident or after other trauma to the body. There are two types of CRPS. The most common type is also referred to as reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome, where there is no direct damage to the nerves, and the other type is called causalgia, where nerve damage did occur. While there are many causes for CRPS and it can even occur without any apparent reason, it normally occurs in an arm or leg following an injury. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, it may be caused by malfunction of or damage to the central or peripheral nervous systems. While some individuals recover slowly from this condition, others become permanently disabled by it.
What Are the Symptoms of CRPS?
CRPS may cause severe pain, out of proportion to the injury that can spread. For instance, an injury to the lower extremity may result in pain spreading up the leg or even to the other leg. Because of abnormal microcirculation, people with CRPS may also find that one limb is colder or hotter than the other, skin texture may show changes, sweating and stiffness of the limb may occur and abnormal movement or ability to move the limb may occur. However, the biggest symptom of CRPS is pain that can be severe and constant to the point where even a light touch on the limb is painful, a condition called allodynia. Because an individual with this syndrome may not move the limb due to severe pain, this in turn can result in atrophy and tightening of the muscles, causing further damage. Because of this disabling condition, psychological factors may come into play, such as depression, anxiety, and insomnia.
Why Does CRPS Occur
Although it is unknown why this condition occurs in some individuals and not in others, injury or trauma to the limb is found in 90 percent of the cases. Common triggers for CRPS include soft tissue injuries, fractures, medical or surgical procedures, or immobilization such as having a cast on a broken limb. Abnormalities in the peripheral nerves can cause an extreme reaction and trigger symptoms. Symptoms can also be caused by constriction or dilation of blood vessels.
What Is the Prognosis?
The prognosis for individuals with CRPS varies, depending on the individual. While younger persons appear to have a better chance at recovery, others can have irreversible changes resulting in long-term pain and disability. Treatments for the condition may include various types of therapy aimed at pain relief and antidepressants. However, even with relief from this condition, it has been known to recur when triggered by extreme stress or being exposed to cold temperatures.
An Accident Injury Lawyer Can Help Those With CRPS
An individual suffering CRPS as the result of an accident that was the fault of another person can face expensive, long-term medical bills, lost time from work, and face life changes. The law office of Kaiser Romanello has attorneys experienced in injuries as a result of motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, and slips and falls and can help you recover the maximum compensation to which you are entitled. When you need an accident injury lawyer, contact us. We can provide a free case evaluation and address any questions you might have.