What are specialised treatments for CRPS?
There are two particular specialised CRPS treatments:
Pain management programme (PMP)
This is a programme to help you to improve your quality of life and manage your pain better. PMP is given to a group of people with CRPS and includes help from different health professionals, including doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and psychologists.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) may help some patients. This treatment, using electrodes placed on the painful area, causes a tingling sensation, which may reduce the pain. Nerve blocks. There is no evidence that these injections to the limb are an effective cure for CRPS. However, they may help enough so that physiotherapy can be done.
Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) can be an effective treatment for CRPS in a few suitable people. An electrical stimulator is implanted under the skin and an electrode is placed next to the spinal cord. This treatment is only available in a few specialist centres, for suitable patients in whom all other treatments have been ineffective.