The Purple Bucket Foundation Inc

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CRPS Awareness & Support

Why Awareness Matters –

  • Faster Diagnosis
  • Earlier Treatment
  • Better Understanding

In areas, others may take for granted - 

  • At home
  • At school
  • At work
  • At the doctor
  • In hospital and
  • In society

For –

  • People with a diagnosis
  • Carers
  • Family & Loved Ones.

Certificate of Incorporation: 2012
Australian Business Register: Incorporated Entity; 2012.
ABN: 31 318 791 600
Australian Taxation Office: Registered Health Promotion Charity.
Endoresment as a Deductable Gift Recipient. 
Registered with Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits: Since 2012. 
Registration with Therapeutic Goods Australia - Scrambler Therapy: 2016 - 2017
Registered under the Collections Act 1966 for the State of Queensland CH2953
Consumer and Business Services South Australia Section 6 Licence ​CCP3156


The Purple Bucket Foundation Inc. proudly support the ongoing research of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) with donations to CRPS research at UniSA / Body in Mind.

The Purple Bucket Foundation Inc. was registered in 2012 by a person living with CRPS and Persistent Pain. The intention then was the same as it is today; provide support and concise information relating to Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), and other Persistent Pain conditions.

Much has been learned since our beginning, both by us and the medical community. More doctors know about pain treatments, we are more aware of the success of such treatments and the communication channels between those who have been diagnosed with Persistent Pain conditions, doctors and specialists are becoming more open, if not we encourage them to be so.

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), in general terms, is a persistent pain condition that most often affects one limb (arm, leg, hand, or foot) usually after an injury. CRPS is believed to be caused by damage to, or malfunction of, the peripheral and central nervous systems.  The central nervous system is composed of the brain and spinal cord; the peripheral nervous system involves nerve signalling from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body.  CRPS is characterized by prolonged or excessive pain and changes in skin colour, temperature, and/or swelling in the affected area.
It is unclear why some individuals develop CRPS while others with similar trauma do not.  In more than 90% of cases, the condition is triggered by a clear history of trauma or injury. The most common triggers are fractures, sprains/strains, soft tissue injury (such as burns, cuts, or bruises), limb immobilization (such as being in a cast), surgery, or even minor medical procedures such as needle stick. CRPS represents an abnormal response that magnifies the effects of the injury.  Some people respond excessively to a trigger that causes no problem for other people, such as what is observed in people who have food allergies.
Although it is more common in women, CRPS can occur in anyone at any age, with a peak at age 40.  CRPS is rare in the elderly. Few children under age 10 and even fewer children under age 5 are affected, however as awareness and understanding of the condition increases within the medical community so does the diagnosis.
The outcome of CRPS is highly variable. Younger persons, children, and teenagers tend to have better outcomes.  While older people can have good outcomes, there are some individuals who experience severe pain and disability despite treatment.  Anecdotal evidence suggests early treatment, particularly rehabilitation, is helpful in limiting the disorder, especially in children and teenagers, a concept that has not yet been proven in clinical studies.  More research is needed to understand the causes of CRPS, how it progresses, and the role of early treatment.

The Purple Bucket Foundation Inc. acknowledge the traditional owners of country throughout Australia, and their continuing connections to land, sea and community. 
We pay our respect to the Elders of this land; past, present and future, and the significant contribution they have made in shaping the identity of the Fraser Coast and Australia.

Raising awareness and offering support to all those affected by CRPS and other Chronic Pain conditions.

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