Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Specialist

SamWell Institute for Pain Management

Jay M. Shah, MD

Pain Management Specialist located in Colonia, NJ & West Orange, NJ

If you suffer from chronic pain, you know just how debilitating it can be. Complex regional pain syndrome negatively affects many Americans; however, help is available. Dr. Jay M. Shah at the SamWell Institute for Pain Management in West Orange and Colonia, New Jersey, is experienced at helping his patients manage their symptoms and get back to the activities that they love. Call either office location or use the online booking tool to request an appointment.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Q & A

What is complex regional pain syndrome?

Complex regional pain syndrome is a debilitating and painful condition where a high level of nerve impulses are sent to a particular site in your body. These impulses cause a wide range of difficult symptoms and can make life quite challenging for the patient. While there is no cure, it is important to seek proper medical care to explore available treatments.

What causes complex regional pain syndrome?

While scientists do not yet fully understand complex regional pain syndrome, it is known that different factors can cause it. Following injury, it can be caused by an abnormal triggering of the immune response. At other times, it may be caused by irregular pain receptor functioning.

What are the symptoms?

Because complex regional pain syndrome can affect many parts of the body, symptoms can vary widely in location, severity, and duration. Most patients complain of continuous and intense pain that worsens with time. Other symptoms may include:

  • Swollen joints
  • Stiff joints
  • Redness
  • Burning pain
  • Decreased motor ability
  • Changes to skin
  • Changes to nail and hair growth

Getting proper medical care is key to finding the right treatment plan. Dr. Shah and his team take ample time to fully understand your condition and develop a personalized plan of care that fits your needs.

What is RSD?

RSD, or reflex sympathetic dystrophy, is a common form of complex regional pain syndrome. It is characterized by lasting pain, usually following a stroke or heart attack, and can manifest as burning, aching, or throbbing sensations. In addition, RSD can occur as a result of many other forms of injury, such as:

  • Amputation
  • Bruising
  • Fractures
  • Surgery
  • Sprains
  • Cuts

While the cause is unknown, it is thought to involve abnormalities in your sympathetic nervous system. Fortunately, effective treatment options are available.

What treatments are available?

Treatments for complex regional pain syndrome focus on alleviating the painful symptoms of the disorder. These include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Topical pain medicine
  • Antidepressants
  • Corticosteroids
  • Pain medication
  • Nerve blocks
  • Surgery
  • Spinal cord stimulation

Dr. Shah and his team provide compassionate and experienced treatment options for their patients, helping them get the pain relief that they need.

Call or go online today to schedule an appointment with the experts at the SamWell Institute for Pain Management.