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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/RSD Specialist

Lawrence Miller, MD -  - Pain Management Physician

Lawrence Miller, MD

Pain Management Physician located in Beverly Hills, CA

With offices in Beverly Hills, Santa Ana, Long Beach and Van Nuys, Dr. Miller helps patients from throughout the Greater Los Angeles, CA, area find relief from complex pain syndrome, or RSD, so they can enjoy pain-free motion and an improved quality of life.

Complex Regional Pain Specialist

What is complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

Also called reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), complex regional pain syndrome is a chronic painful condition that occurs most commonly in the extremities, often occurring initially in a hand or foot and then spreading to the entire arm or leg. While it may follow an injury or surgery, many cases have no known cause.

What causes complex regional pain syndrome?

The cause of RSD is not known, although many researchers believe it may develop as a result of an abnormality affecting the nervous system which causes the nerves to “overreact” or misinterpret pain signals, amplifying them and extending them to other regions. Immune system disorders that cause the immune system to attack the nerves or other tissues may also play a role in complex regional pain syndrome. The syndrome often occurs following a surgery, illness or injury that did not directly affect the involved nerves, such as a heart attack.

Is RSD the same as CRPS?

RSD is actually one of two types of CRPS – type I, which develops without any obvious sign of direct nerve injury. Type II develops as a result of direct injury to the nerves.

What are the symptoms of CRPS?

Symptoms can include:

  • intense shooting or burning pain

  • red, swollen skin

  • increased in skin sensitivity

  • changes in the temperature of skin

  • restricted range of motion

  • muscle spasms

Pain may intensify as CRPS progresses, and muscle atrophy and bone changes may occur. Eventually, the limb may become unusable. Nail and hair growth changes can also occur.

How is CRPS treated?

CRPS can be difficult to treat, especially if not caught early. Treatment options include anti-inflammatory and pain medications, hot and cold therapy, physical therapy and nerve block injections. Nerve stimulation may also be beneficial.

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We accept most major PPO insurance plans, Medicare, and Personal Injury and Worker's Compensation plans. If you have any questions, please call our office.

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