Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

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The medical condition called “Complex Regional Pain Syndrome” (CRPS) is more straight-forward than its name implies: It is an unyielding pain. It is also known as “Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy” (RSD). The condition affects some 1.2 million Americans. How people develop CRPS / RSD is not well understood. But it often occurs after an injury, such as a workplace injury.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome causes a progressive and often debilitating pain. Victims describe it as burning or sensitivity to touch. It can be accompanied by swelling and abnormal sweating. Eventually, it leads to weakened bones, discoloration of the skin, atrophy and loss of the use of affected limbs.

If you or a loved one is suffering from work-related Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, you may have a right to compensation for you medical costs and loss of work.

For a free case evaluation of your workers’ compensation claim based on CRPS or RSD, please complete our online form or call Bushnell & Drye, toll free at (404) 869-1201 to speak with an experienced Georgia Complex Regional Pain Syndrome lawyer. We have more than 20 years of experience fighting for the rights of individuals injured in the course of their employment.

We represent injured workers throughout the Atlanta metro, including but not limited to individuals working or living in Cobb County, Fulton County, Dekalb County, Gwinnett County, Alpharetta, Mableton, Roswell, Buckhead, Sandy Springs, Johns Creek, Dunwoody, North Atlanta, Marietta, Redan, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Snellville, Sugar Hill, Acworth, Kennesaw, Smyrna, and throughout the entire state of Georgia.

What is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, is a chronic, progressive neurological disorder. Doctors do not fully understand it. The most devastating symptom is a severe burning pain or an electrical sensation. Victims described it as “shooting pain.” It can spread to various parts of the body. Victims of CRPS or RSD also report tenderness, swelling of an afflicted extremity, sweating, flushing, muscle spasms and discolored skin.

A curious symptom of CRPS / RSD is development of “shiny skin.” This is a change in skin temperature caused by a decreased blood flow. Eventually, because of the restricted blood flow and acute pain, a CRPS / RSD victim’s muscles begin to contract and atrophy. The bone in the affected limb weakens. Movement becomes increasingly difficult. A loss of function usually follows.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome generally is classified as Types I and II. The type depends on the presence or absence of an identified cause. It goes by several names, including Sudeck’s atrophy, reflex neurovascular dystrophy (RND) and algoneurodystrophy. Causalgia indicates Type 2.

How CRPS / RSD develops is unknown. It is thought to be the result of an abnormal excitement or irritation of the nervous system, such as an injury or surgery. Its origin has also been attributed to:

  • Nerve irritation by entrapment (such as carpal tunnel syndrome).
  • Shoulder problems.
  • Heart disease.
  • Degenerative arthritis of the neck.
  • Stroke or other brain disease.

What Jobs are Associated With Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?

Injuries that lead to Complex Regional Pain Syndrome / Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy often happen in the workplace. This is similar to carpal tunnel syndrome. CRPS / RSD is also known as “repetitive stress injury.” Repeated stress or strain injuries are also common to shoulder problems that arise on the job.

Any physically demanding job can lead to CRPS / RSD. These occupations would include construction and manufacturing. They could also include jobs such as custodial work. All of these jobs involve lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling heavy loads or equipment.

Keep in mind that work-related Complex Regional Pain Syndrome can be possibly caused by performing the same physical tasks over and over again or by a single accident that triggers the condition. In either situation, a worker may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

Contact a Georgia Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Lawyer Today

You need not to face the difficulties of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome / Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy alone. The Georgia Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Lawyers of Bushnell & Drye can help you pursue a workers’ compensation claim. This claim can ensure that you are properly compensated for lost wages and money spent on medical bills and therapy.

For a free, no-obligation evaluation of your workers’ compensation claim, please contact us online. The workers’ compensation lawyers at Bushnell & Drye, are here to help victims of workplace spinal cord injuries. You may also call us at (404) 869-1201.