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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition that affects the limbs, typically after an injury or trauma. The condition is also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) or causalgia. CRPS usually affects one limb, but it can spread to other parts of the body.


CRPS is a rare condition, and its exact cause is not known. However, it is thought to be related to an abnormal immune response or nerve damage. The condition is characterized by severe, burning pain in the affected limb, which may be accompanied by swelling and changes in skin color and temperature.

Other symptoms of CRPS include:

  • Stiffness and reduced mobility in the affected limb
  • Muscle spasms and tremors
  • Sensitivity to touch or cold
  • Changes in hair and nail growth patterns
  • Anxiety and depression

How to Diagnose?

Diagnosing CRPS can be challenging, as there is no specific test for the condition. Doctors will usually perform a physical exam and review the patient’s medical history to rule out other conditions that may cause similar symptoms. Imaging tests such as X-rays and MRI scans may be used to look for signs of bone or tissue damage.


Treatment for CRPS typically involves a combination of medication, physical therapy, and psychological support. Painkillers such as opioids and anti-inflammatory drugs may be used to manage pain, along with antidepressants and anti-seizure medications.

Physical therapy can help improve mobility and reduce stiffness in the affected limb. Techniques such as massage, stretching, and electrotherapy may be used to alleviate pain and improve circulation. Psychological support can also be helpful in managing the emotional impact of living with chronic pain.

Medical Cannabis and CRPS

Medical cannabis has been shown to be effective in managing chronic pain, including the pain associated with CRPS. Cannabis contains compounds called cannabinoids, which can interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system to reduce pain and inflammation. In addition to managing pain, medical cannabis may also help improve sleep and reduce anxiety and depression.

At Elios Clinics, we offer medical cannabis consultations for patients with CRPS. Our team of experienced doctors can help determine if medical cannabis is a suitable treatment option and provide guidance on dosage and administration. Contact us today to learn more.

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