What can be done about CRPS?Early and effective treatment is extremely important when dealing with CRPS and other chronic pain conditions. Research has shown that if treatment is delayed the outcome is likely to be less favourable.

We have a team of experts who have vast experience in pain management and delivering the appropriate treatment programmes. The sooner they can get started the better. One of our priorities is to get the other party’s insurance company to pay for a private treatment regime without delay. In the majority of cases, and if they refuse to co-operate, we can force them to do this through the court process.

The NHS is one of the best in the world but it is frequently constrained by financial restraints and limited resources. This is where the private sector comes in. Waiting lists and issues of cost tend to go out of the window.

Whenever we can, we will arrange for the other party’s insurance company to pay for the best treatment available which is:

  • Free from lengthy NHS waiting lists;
  • Delivered by leading clinicians;
  • Provided when you need it most.

Approximately 7 million people in the UK are believed to suffer from chronic pain conditions like CRPS. That’s a startling statistic. Perhaps most worrying of all is the fact that the average time it takes for a patient to receive a satisfactory diagnosis is 2.2 years! That’s an awfully long period of time in which to suffer without any form of suitable treatment. It’s much too long.

The sad fact is that many medical practitioners fail to recognise the development of chronic pain and crps. There is a great danger that the diagnosis will simply be overlooked. Very few clinicians have adequate knowledge or experience of treating chronic pain conditions.

Chronic pain is often linked to a traumatic event. However, what is frequently misunderstood is that the event may be very minor indeed. It could be a very simple bruise, a minor whiplash injury, a soft tissue injury, or a very minor fracture. The injury itself is not the important factor. What matters is how the victim reacts to the incident. The reaction may appear to be out of all proportion to the injury, but that mustn’t stand in the way of a correct diagnosis and proper treatment. The reaction is entirely genuine and will often lead to some very serious long term suffering.

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Is There a Cure for CRPS?

CRPS TreatmentUnfortunately, there is no medical cure for CRPS.

The best that can be done is to try and ease the symptoms and to help the patient to rebuild their life with the help of pain management and rehabilitation.

Prompt diagnosis and the earliest possible treatment are vital to try and prevent things from getting worse. This is the recognised “best practice”. Delays can cause additional physical problems and a possible spreading of the condition to other parts of the body. In addition, the longer the patient is left to suffer in silence, the more likely they are to have significant and entrenched psychological symptoms brought about by having to live with such a painful and debilitating condition.
Delays can often occur because the medical practitioners are not very familiar with CRPS. The unusual range of symptoms can lead to an innocent misdiagnosis with resultant delays in getting the right treatment regime in place.

A co-ordinated multidisciplinary approach is needed. This should involve a referral to specialists in pain management and rehabilitation.

UK guidelines have been developed for the diagnosis and management of CRPS. Unfortunately, patient access to specialist pain management and rehabilitation services is rather patchy across the country.

The Royal College of Physicians has produced UK Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of CRPS. They apply at both GP and Specialist level.

The Guidelines have been put together by a panel of experts taken from a large number of medical disciplines such as the British Pain Society; the Royal College of Medical Practitioners; the British Society for Rehabilitation Medicine; the Physiotherapy Pain Association; the Society of British Neurological Surgeons; the Pain Relief Foundation; the British Psychological Society; and many others.

The UK Guidelines are intended to provide clinicians at all levels (GP; Consultant; Therapist; etc) with a clear and co-ordinated approach to the care of CRPS sufferers. The Guidelines spell out just how unpleasant CRPS can be. Very significantly, the Guidelines also recognise that some patients still report a lack of understanding and support from some health professionals. This is very disappointing and quite disturbing. A CRPS victim needs full support and not a half-hearted treatment plan.

The aim of the treatment program is to reduce pain; try and improve the patients range of movement (or at the very least stop it from getting worse); and to help the sufferer to start to take some control of their condition with a view to improving their overall quality of life. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a quick fix.

The UK guidelines talk about 4 “pillars” of care. They are:

  • Pain relief through appropriate medication and procedures
  • Physical and vocational rehabilitation
  • Psychological interventions
  • Patient information and education to support self-management

All 4 “pillars” have equal standing and importance. Good practice dictates that the best support can be given to patients by giving clear information about CRPS; giving good advice about what to expect; the treatment options available; setting realistic goals; and involving partners and other family members where appropriate.

Contact Peter Bayliss

Photos of Peter Baylis - Dedicated CRPS SolicitorPeter Bayliss is a dedicated CRPS solicitor.

To find out if Peter can help you please use the following contact details: –

  • Phone: 0845 838 5565
  • Email: peter@peter-bayliss.co.uk

You can claim a free, no obligation consultation to simply discuss your situation.