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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Specialist

Maddox Pain Management

Gil Maddox, MD

Pain Management Physician located in Anniston, AL

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic nerve condition in one of your limbs that leads to debilitating pain. As a pain management expert in Anniston, Alabama, Gil Maddox, MD offers innovative CRPS treatments. You can get started on your custom treatment at Maddox Pain Management right away by scheduling your evaluation online, or by calling the clinic.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Q & A

What is complex regional pain syndrome?

Your brain and spinal cord are the building blocks of your central nervous system, while nerve signaling to and from your brain make up your peripheral nervous system. Damage to your peripheral and central nervous system typically causes CRPS. In some cases though, CRPS is a malfunction of nerves and isn't caused by injury.

Can I tell if I have CRPS?

Possibly, although Dr. Maddox conducts a thorough exam to be sure. Initial warning signs of CRPS include:

  • Prolonged, excessive pain
  • Changes in skin color or texture
  • Abnormal sweating
  • Swelling or tenderness
  • Skin that’s warm to the touch

Any combination of these issues can develop in the affected area. CRPS usually only affects one limb, such as your arm, leg, or foot. But you can also develop this condition in more than one body part, especially after severe trauma.

Dr. Maddox can diagnose you based on your symptoms and a physical exam. He sometimes orders blood testing or imaging to rule out other possible causes of your pain, including arthritis.

How is CRPS treated?

CRPS is broken down into CRPS-I and CRPS-II. If you have CRPS-1, you have symptoms of the condition, but don’t yet have a confirmed nerve injury. Once you have an associated, confirmed nerve injury, you’re diagnosed with CRPS-II.

However, treatment for either type of CRPS is similar and can include prescription painkiller management as needed.

Dr. Maddox finds that most CRPS sufferers respond well to epidurals or sympathetic blocks. Epidural injections deliver pain-relieving medication to the affected nerve, while sympathetic blocks intercept nerve signaling to and from your brain, minimizing your pain level.

If these conservative measures don’t work for you, or if you’re in severe pain from CRPS, Dr. Maddox could suggest spinal cord stimulation (SCS). This type of treatment involves implanting a tiny device near your spinal column. It blocks specific pain-causing nerve signals by sending out gentle electrical stimulation waves.

Find relief from CRPS discomfort today by booking an evaluation at Maddox Pain Management. Schedule an appointment either online or over the phone.