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About Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Complex regional pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder that usually affects an arm or leg. The disorder often develops following an injury, surgery, stroke, or heart attack; and the pain experienced is disproportionate to the actual injury. At UT Health Austin, we understand that chronic pain can have major adverse physical and psychological effects, and we are dedicating to helping you alleviate your pain.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Treatment at UT Health Austin

Our team of experts will review your medical history and symptoms and conduct a thorough physical examination to diagnose complex regional pain syndrome. Additional tests may include sympathetic nervous system testing, X-rays, a bone scan, or an MRI. Your treatment plan may include medications such as pain relievers, steroids, bone-loss medication or nerve-blocking medication along with physical therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Minimally-invasive procedures such as sympathetic nerve blocks or a trial of spinal cord stimulation may also be considered.

About Comprehensive Pain Management

Many complex pain conditions that adversely affect people’s lives. Comprehensive Pain Management at UT Health Austin recognizes this complexity and treats the whole person. Our approach to the whole person means that in addition to conventional pain treatments like medications and injections, we use exercise and strengthening, address sleep problems, and teach coping and mindfulness skills, so that our patients can focus on the productive and meaningful aspects of their lives.