Sympathetic Nerve Blocks: Zeroing in on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
A growing number of chronic pain sufferers are being diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, or CRPS, a chronic and progressive condition characterized by severe pain, inflammation and changes in the coloring and temperature of the skin. CRPS is believed to be caused by damage or malfunction of the peripheral and central nervous systems, often as a result of injury or trauma to a limb. People afflicted with the condition commonly describe the pain as a burning sensation, which affects one of their arms, legs, hands or feet.
The most common triggers are fractures, strains or sprains, soft tissue injuries (such as cuts, burns, or bruises), or limb immobilization (such as being in a cast).
As with any chronic pain, CRPS can significantly affect an individual’s quality of life, keeping them from the simplest of activities and affecting their sleep patterns and mood.
Image-Guided Procedures May Help Relieve Chronic Pain
The Centre for Pain Care (CPC) is now offering new image-guided procedures as therapy for back and neck pain and sciatica treatment. Treatment options include radiofrequency and epidural steroid injections performed with guidance by fluoroscopy (x-ray).
Chronic pain, defined as any pain lasting more than three months, can sideline an individual from everyday activities like walking or standing for an extended period. It’s often painful to drive, exercise or even pick up a child. That pain doesn’t go away when you go to bed at night either – there’s a vicious cycle of back and neck pain and sleep issues that influence each other.
The Silver Medical Group Centre for Pain Care (CPC) physicians and staff are dedicated to the highest health and safety practices to maintain cleanliness, hygiene and infection control, as well as reducing health risks and protecting patient safety in compliance with Public Health Ontario. Our Centre has in place robust and comprehensive Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) policies and procedures that are supervised closely by both our own staff and with regular oversight by Public Health authorities.
In order to ensure that you receive the best and safest possible care, the CPC abides by the following IPAC practices: