CRPS can cause many problems, especially if it is left untreated. Treatment is focused on the different areas CRPS affects. Early diagnosis is important for preventing a prolonged course and some of the changes to the skin and bones discussed earlier.
Aggressive management, with a team approach, is important in dealing with the different parts of a person's life that CRPS may affect. A typical CRPS treatment team includes a psychologist, rheumatologist, primary care provider, nurse, social worker, school teacher, physical therapist and occupational therapist.
The aggressive treatment aims to break the cycle of pain by dealing with the different areas that CRPS can affect. The different treatments for CRPS include education about this condition, physical and/or occupational therapy, learning coping skills, normal use of the affected body part, desensitization (stopping the pain cycle by touching the body part that hurts), or medications. Surgery is rarely needed. Unless there is a medical reason for the body part to be in a cast or splint, those devices should not be used. They may actually make CRPS worse by adding to the cycle of pain and immobility. You and your treatment team must decide together what treatments are appropriate for you.