Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
CRPS/RSD Video Testimonials
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is one of the most excruciating pain conditions known. The condition typically manifests in one or more limbs following a minor injury. The affected limb becomes unbearably sensitive to any stimulus and manifests a constant burning pain. The presentation of the limb often involves a pale swelling with some red patches. Often there will also be changes of the bone structure and will involve abnormal growth of hair. People with CRPS will often exhibit a guarding behaviour of the limb, and will not be able to weight bear on an affected leg. Conventional treatment of CRPS includes pain management, nerve blocks and narcotics. Persistance of the condition can lead to a lack of sleep, addiction to painkillers and the development of secondary psychological conditions. Women tend to be disproportionally affected. Rarely, the condition can move or spread to other limbs or even affect the whole body.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been successfully used in the treatment of CRPS since the early 1990's. The condition tends to respond best when HBOT is applied early in the progression of the condition, as the physical, physiological and psychological consequences worsen with time. Early application of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in combination with physical therapy and pain management is the best case scenario.
- 2015 - Successful Treatment of Lower Limb Complex Regional Pain Syndrome following Three Weeks of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
- 2004 - Effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the treatment of complex regional pain syndrome
- 1999 - Post-traumatic reflex sympathetic dystrophy in the ankle and foot: a study of 32 cases.
- 1997 - The treatment of a complex regional pain syndrome
- 1995 - Hyperbaric oxygen and the reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome: a case report.
- 1994 - Sudeck's atrophy. 3 clinical cases