Generalised Pain Disorders (CRPS)

What is CRPS?

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a type of chronic pain that usually affects an arm or a leg. CRPS typically develops after surgery, injury, a heart attack, or a stroke. 

CRPS is a poorly understood condition, and it is difficult to diagnose. Although it can begin at any time, CRPS is most common between 40 and 50 years of age. It is relatively rare in the elderly, and few children are affected. CRPS occurs more often in women than in men.


We classify CRPS symptoms over four categories, and one sign must be present from each group to diagnose CRPS.

  • Increased skin sensitivity or complete numbness.
  • Changes to the skin colour and temperature
  • Severe swelling or sweating
  • Motor dysfunction such as weakness, tremors, dystonia, muscle spasms and changes to the hair and skin.

Treatment options

Treatment is most effective when it’s started in the early stages of the condition. In such cases, improvement and even remission are very much possible. Better treatment outcomes are more likely if you start during the first three months of the disease. Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists play an integral role in the treatment of CRPS. The team at Rehab Matters will work with you to develop a treatment plan to help address your specific concern. Since the symptoms of CRPS vary, the approach to treatment will also vary. CRPS treatment is usually based on the severity of the episode and length of the condition.

Team and facilities

We aim to give our patients the best possible care, so we’ve invested in state-of-the-art centres to make sure we have everything you may need on your road to recovery. Our highly-trained staff are friendly and attentive. They understand the unique needs of our patients and deliver the highest standard of care. Rehab Matters has a multidisciplinary team to help you manage your condition. With the fantastic facilities and amazing staff, we’re able to customise treatment plans to suit your individual needs. 

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