The underlying causes of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) are poorly understood. Treatment should be patient centred and holistic, with a focus on both physical restoration of function and psychological support. A strong suspicion of CRPS-like features should warrant referral of the patient to a specialised pain team.
- Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is poorly understood and is diagnosed clinically with knowledge of the Budapest criteria.
- Early diagnosis and management of patients with CRPS is crucial to successful recovery.
- Therapies aimed at re-establishing physical and social functioning are associated with the best outcomes in people with CRPS.
- Patients with CRPS-like features should be referred early to a specialised pain service.