CRPS AWARENESS

The spoon theory is a disability metaphor used to explain the reduced amount of energy available for activities of daily living and productive tasks that may result from disability or chronic illness. Spoons are an intangible unit of measurement used to track how much energy a person has throughout a given day.

Written by Christine Miserandino 

www.butyoudontlooksick.com

Treatments

Treatments for CRPS are much like CRPS itself, they effect everybody differently; just because it works for one doesn't mean it will work for

another. Do your own research, ask your doctors and specialists what is best for you. 


With chronic pain conditions that involve the whole person, pain management generally requires a combination of treatment options.

  • Pacing
  • ​Relaxation techniques: meditation, yoga, deep breathing
  • Mindfulness
  • Movement and activity
  • ​Coping and pain management skills
  • ​The use of medications
  • ​Medical procedures​​​


Finding the best Pain Management Team to suit your needs, is extremely important.

This is a possible suggestion:

  • ​G. P. with rehabilitation goals
  • ​Pain specialist with rehabilitation goals
  • Physiotherapist with an understanding of CRPS and / or Chronic Pain
  • ​Psychologist with Mindfulness and Meditation appreciation


Presently available treatments in Australia;

  • ​Drug therapies
  1. ​​​Opiates - Medications which reduce pain by acting on opiod receptors to initiate analgesia sedation. They attempt to reduce central nervous system activity, therefore reducing pain.​
  2. ​Narcotics - Also known as Opiods, mask the pain by blocking pain receptors, stopping pain messages to the brain.
  3. ​Antidepressants - Studies have shown that some can alleviate pain, assist with sleep and reduce the headaches often associated with CRPS.
  4. ​Anticonvulsants - Used to try and decrease the random neurons firing, decreasing the burning pain and sensitivity.
  5. ​Muscle Relaxants - Muscle spasm are very common in CRPS and other Chronic Pain conditions.


Always take medication as directed.
Always seek medical advice when starting a new over the counter medication,

to ensure there will be no adverse effects with other medications. 
Never use another persons prescription medication. 


  • ​​Graded Motor Imagery

​​          GMI is a rehabilitation process used to treat pain and movement problems related to nervous system disorders by exercising the brain. It can be             taught by a physiotherapist or pain specialist, or learned independently with the right amount of practice.



  • Mirror Box Therapy

          Although a significant part of Graded Motor Imagery, many people ask about Mirror Box Therapy, how it works and what it is. To put it simply, by             using a mirror you can trick your brain into believing the injured part is okay. It is best to be guided by a clinician who understands brain function.


  • Spinal Cord Stimulator

​          A surgically implanted generator of electrical current to the source of the pain to create a pleasant sensation that in turn blocks the brain's ability             to sense the previously perceived pain.


  • Nerve Block Treatment

​          The type of nerve block a patient might receive depends on the area of the body being affected.


  • Ketamine Infusions

          Ketamine has long been used as an anesthetic, while the first paper that showed the ability to "tame" ketamine was published in 1973. Ketamine             is now widely used to treat therapy-resistant chronic pain syndromes.

Sufferers & Carers is who we are

and what we are about.

CRPS Awareness & Support crps support groups 

P.O. Box 5602. Torquay, Qld. 4655. Ph: 0411 147 367. Email: admin@tpbf.org.au

Except in very rare situations:

CRPS PATIENTS SHOULD NOT BE TREATED WITH ICE