CRPS TYPE II Causes and Treatments

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS Type II), in contrast to CRPS Type I (RSD), is characterized by major nerve damage and involves disturbances in the sympathetic nervous system. It is a most uncommon form of chronic pain that usually affects an arm or leg, and the level, severity, and pervasiveness of pain is out of proportion to the severity of the initial injury. 

Causes of CRPS Type II

CRPS Type II generally follows an insult to a distinct identifiable nerve, following personal injury or surgery. Blunt force blows like those suffered in a car accident or a slip and fall accident can cause major nerve injury or lesions. These injuries precipitate dysfunction in the central or peripheral nervous systems and involve abnormal impulses along nerves that affect blood vessels and skin disorders of the autonomic nervous system. Chronic and severe pain, physical debilitation, and emotional distress are hallmarks of the syndrome. The various insults and injuries that may trigger CRPS Type IImay occur following:

  • Forceful trauma to an arm or a leg, such as a crush injury, fracture or amputation
  • Surgery procedure and surgical error involving nerve
  • Heart attack
  • Infections
  • Sprained ankles
  • Emotional stress

Inappropriate inflammatory responses are part of the CRPS Type II syndrome, as is dysfunctional interaction between the central and peripheral nervous systems. There is a variation in the combination of symptoms each patient experiences, and the treatment protocols that bring relief vary accordingly. CRPS Type II is quite complex and its effects devastating. In spite of an increase in the number of sufferers exhibiting the symptoms of the condition, diagnosis is often delayed. This delay leads to more severe escalation of pain and disability, including tissue wasting or atrophy, where your skin, bones and muscles may begin to deteriorate, and muscle tightening and contracture of limbs.

Treatment for CRPS Type II

For those suffering with CRPS Type II, the complexity of causes and symptoms make set therapies and medications difficult. Treatments vary for each client and new therapies are being tried all the time. The probability of remission is greater with early interventions. Effective treatments for many patients include:

  • Hot/cold contrast therapy
  • Dietary restrictions and inclusions
  • Range of motion therapies
  • Physical exercise
  • Physical therapy
  • Electro therapies
  • Medication for pain management, insomnia, depression, and inflammation
  • Water therapy
  • Sleep therapy

If you have been diagnosed with CRPS Type I or CRPS Type II in the aftermath of personal injury in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident, a slip and fall accident, or a surgical error, contact Newland & Newland, LLP for a free initial consultation at one of our six offices. We represent clients throughout Illinois, including Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Lake County, Will County, and McHenry County.

  • Newland & Newland LLP, Attorneys, Arlington Heights, IL