Treating Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: A Primary Care Primer

Steven A. King, MD, MS

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) has proven very difficult to treat successfully, despite research into a wide variety of pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic therapies.1,2 The earlier the diagnosis is made and treatment is begun, the greater the likelihood of at least lessening, if not completely eliminating symptoms, and of long-term recovery.

Although none of the therapies have proven to be especially effective for most patients with CRPS, they may be worth trying as each may provide some benefit for the individual patient. In the slides below, find a primer on which therapies have been found beneficial for patients with CRPS.