Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), which is also sometimes referred to as reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSDS), is rare nervous system disorder that is primarily marked by chronic, intense pain and that most common affects one (or both) of the arms or legs. Although the exact causes of CRPS are not yet known by the medical professionals, at this point, it is known that complex regional pain syndrome:
- Generally develops after people have sustained some type of physical trauma, such as another injury, a surgery, a heart attack and/or a stroke
- Affects women more often than men
- Is most common in people who are between the ages of 20 and 35 years old
- Has the best prognosis the earlier it is diagnosed and treatment
- Is incurable but can be sent into remission with an early, aggressive course of treatment.
When CRPS develops after a person has sustained any type of work injury:
- He will likely be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
- He will have the best chances of securing the benefits he deserves the first time he submits his claim by working with a skilled workers’ compensation attorney like Jennifer Bisset.
For years, Jennifer Bisset and her experienced team of legal professionals have been working relentlessly to champion the rights of injured workers and help them obtain the maximum possible benefits for their injuries and losses.
Symptoms of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Some of the most common symptoms associated with CRPS include:
- Unrelenting pain in the affected foot, leg, hand and/or arm (This pain is typically in the form of a burning and/or throbbing sensation.)
- Sensitivity to touch and/or cold
- Inflammation of the affected extremity
- Alternations in the temperature and/or color of the skin on the affected extremity (with the affected region changing from being sweaty to cold or vice versa and from being white/opaque to red or blue [or vice versa])
- Fluctuations in the growth rates of the nails and/or hair on the affected region
- Atrophy, muscle spasms, inflammation and/or joint rigidity in the affected extremity
- Limited range of motion in the affected extremity.
In most cases, once the above-mentioned symptoms become apparent, the CRPS has fully set in and will no longer be irreversible; as a result, at this point, the treatments for this condition are primarily palliative (in other words, the treatments primarily involve managing and minimizing the symptoms of the condition).
Denver Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at the Bisset Law Firm
Have you been diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome after sustaining a work injury? If so, the skilled Denver workers’ compensation attorneys at the Bisset Law Firm want you to know that we are here to aggressively advocate your rights and help you obtain the benefits you need and deserve. Our experienced legal professionals are dedicated to:
- Providing each of our clients with the highest quality legal representation
- Providing our clients with upfront, honest answers about their cases
- Keeping each of our clients up-to-date with the latest developments in their cases
- Working tirelessly to keep our clients’ cases moving forward towards resolution
- Helping our clients obtain the best possible resolutions to their cases.
Contact our Denver workers’ compensation lawyers by calling (303) 894-8900 to learn more about your rights and receive a professional evaluation of your case.