Should we turn away people with CRPS?

Jane Bowering Body In Mind

Two foods I love eating regularly (and that’s probably not a good thing for the latter) are tuna and ice cream. Thankfully, I have a firm grasp of the concept that some things just weren’t made for mixing. You might think this is a funny way to start a blog post on CRPS… but I promise you the Adelaide heat hasn’t fried my brain. I contend that … [Read more...]

It worked before but now it doesn’t? Graded Motor Imagery in Clinical Practice

at least I work now

While pain may be a universal experience, one experience that can often plague and frustrate everyone is that time when something works one moment but then all of a sudden doesn’t work the next. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing this you’ll find that it applies to many things in life whether it be the temperamental office photocopying … [Read more...]

Preventing CRPS after wrist fracture

The last post described a new paper in BMC Neurology suggesting guidelines for the treatment of CRPS. They also discussed prevention. They concluded that people who fracture their wrist should be given 500 mg daily vitamin C because two RCT's show a reduction in incidence of CRPS in those who do this[1,2] both papers from the same group as the … [Read more...]

Breaking news – new guidelines for treating CRPS

BMC Neurology has just published the findings of a group of Dutch researchers in their quest to develop multidisciplinary guidelines for treatment of CRPS[1].  They looked at literature from 1980 - 2005.  It is a major piece of work and I reckon it deserves publication. It is also a shocker when one produces such a monumental piece of work to have … [Read more...]

The Brain in CRPS-More Barriers or New Opportunities

From a biological perspective, I find CRPS very perplexing. So do many other people—the community of scientists that are pursuing better treatments, through a better understanding of the basic mechanisms, or by developing better animal models of CRPS, or by undertaking clinical investigations and clinical trials, stretches across many countries and … [Read more...]

What is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome – in plain English

What is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome? Well, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is exactly that Complex: Many, many different problems have been identified in people with CRPS. These problems can be severe and usually involve many of our biological systems.  This makes the situation complex. Regional: The symptoms of CRPS are almost … [Read more...]

Useful Organisations for CRPS Patients

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy society of America TREND CRPS research consortium, The Netherlands Medpedia: CRPS in plain English CRPS UK RSD Canada Dutch guidelines on treatment for CRPS … [Read more...]

Reflections, imagery, and illusions: the past, present and future of training the brain in CRPS

RSDA

More than a century ago, Harvard Professor Charles Burnett described a set of experiments in which healthy volunteers moved their hands in front of a mirror(1). He reported that watching the reflection of their own bodies disrupted the movement and perceived position of their limbs. Since then, many philosophers and psychologists have used mirrors … [Read more...]