What is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?
This painful condition usually affects a limb, but can affect other parts of the body. It is marked by intense burning or aching pain and often follows an illness or injury. It is frequently accompanied by swelling, colour and temperature changes in the affected limb, and does not follow anatomical rules.
One strong theory is hat it is caused by Peripheral Nervous System (PNS) chronic inflammatory processes.
What can be done about it?
Recent research by Lorimer Moseley and others has shown that "Graded Motor Imagery" (GMI) therapy may help. We have posted the research article here for those who wish to read it. According to David Butler: "GMI is a rehabilitation process used to treat pain and movement problems related to altered nervous systems by exercising the brain in measured and monitored steps which increase in difficulty as progress is made. The three different treatment techniques include left/right discrimination training, motor imagery exercises and mirror therapy. These techniques are delivered sequentially but require a flexible approach from the patient and clinician to move forwards, backwards and sideways in the treatment process to suit the individual. We recommend that anybody with a chronic pain state learns more about the GMI process and talks to their clinician about options to include brain training exercises as part of a comprehensive rehabilitation programme."
There is a comprehensive description of Graded Motor Imagery by Dr David Butler of the Neuro Orthopedic Institute in Adelaide, Australia here.
New website for people living with CRPS
There is a new resource available for people living with CRPS - CLICK HERE
This website aims to raise awareness of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), which is a neurological disease that is hard to explain and poorly understood; the onset of CRPS usually follows a trauma, injury or surgery.