Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
CRPS is a painful and permanent condition that can come from a sprain or fracture resulting from a work related injury.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain disorder in which high levels of nerve impulses are sent to an affected area. It can affect any part of the body, but it often affects a persons arm or leg. CRPS is also know as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD). Experts believe it occurs due to the dysfunction in the central or peripheral nervous systems.
Causes of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
It’s not clearly understood what causes CRPS, however, it develops typically after an injury. The pain is generally out of proportion to the severity of the injury.
Symptoms of CRPS
The symptoms of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome vary in their severity and length. Some common symptoms include:
- Intense pain that gets worse over time.
- Swelling and stiffness in the joints that were affected.
- A continuous burning or throbbing pain.
- A change in nail or hair growth.
- A decreased ability to move the affected area of the body.
- Change in skin temperature, either hot or cold to touch.
- Changes in skin color and texture.
CRPS can be a difficult condition to prove was caused by a work-related injury. A worker that has experienced trauma or injury while on the job, such as burns, broken bones or heavy lifting injuries, can eventually develop Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. In many CRPS cases, the injured employee will have their Workers Compensation claim denied.
CRPS Lawyer in St. Louis
Many people that suffer from work related CRPS are unable to return to work because of the pain. They may require long-term disability or need continuous physical therapy. Not only does this have an impact on a persons quality of life but may also impact the ability to earn an income for their family.
Our legal team has a strong history of helping injured workers get the medical attention and financial compensation that they need. Based in St. Louis, and handling workers compensation cases throughout the State of Missouri, our law firm will ensure that your rights are protected. Please call (314) 361-4300 or toll free at (888) 872-6795. You can also complete our Online Case Evaluation Form. All communications are returned promptly.
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