Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Many patients suffer from a debilitating condition called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type I (formerly known as RSD) and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

  • Type I refers to cases that do not involve nerve injuries
  • Type II (formerly known as Causalgia) involves nerve damage.


  • Cool extremity
  • Sensitive to touch
  • Swollen
  • Blue or purple color
  • Painful to use
  • Sensitivity to joint movement
  • Sensitivity to temperature changes
  • Excessive sweating


  • Sprain or strain
  • Laceration
  • Fracture
  • Burn
  • Crash injury
  • Repetitive use of an extremity (arm or leg)


Treatment of CRPS/RSD Early recognition and treatment of this condition is essential for full and functional recovery. A variety of treatments are available for CRPS. The initial treatment options may include medication therapy, nerve blocks, physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychotherapy, biofeedback, sympathetic blocks, and neuroltyic blocks. Later treatment may include spinal cord stimulation or drug administration systems. Dr. Carrasco has extensive experience and training in the treatment of this condition.

  • Diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, i.e. lumbar sympathetic blocks and stellate ganglion blocks with local anesthetic and neurolytic agents
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation /Drug Administration System
  • Rehabilitation
  • Protocol based rehabilitation including desensitization, fluidotherapy, gait training, strengthening, and correction of neuromuscular function.
  • Functional Capacity Evaluation
  • Work conditioning programs
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