Wyoming Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Attorneys
A lot of bad things can happen when doctors don’t listen to their patients or when doctors don’t take your concerns seriously. Different medical conditions have similar symptoms, and it often requires extensive testing and a thorough review of the patient’s medical history to discover the true cause of an ailment.
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) may not be accurately diagnosed if the doctor fails to account for all the symptoms they observe. Determining the correct diagnosis for CRPS is important because early intervention is crucial for effectively treating CRPS and preventing its most drastic consequences. When diagnosis is delayed, CRPS can be more difficult to treat, and there’s a higher chance that the patient will suffer long-term chronic pain and disabilities. CRPS can also be caused by surgical error.
If you or a loved one is suffering from CRPS caused by a doctor’s failure to make a timely diagnosis or a mistake made by the surgical team, it may be medical malpractice, and you should speak with an experienced Wyoming medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible.
For over 40 years, Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. has been fighting to get justice for victims harmed by medical malpractice. We have won record-breaking verdicts and settlements for our clients and are one of the most highly regarded medical malpractice law firms in the nation. Our attorneys have earned top rankings from Martindale-Hubbell, including being AV Rated, an honor bestowed on lawyers with the highest ethical standards and legal ability.
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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic neuro-inflammatory disorder that causes excruciating pain. The condition results when the patient’s nerve fibers aren’t functioning properly, and inaccurate pain signals are sent to the brain.
A patient with CRPS may suffer from hyperalgesia, a condition where the pain resulting from an injury or other medical condition or trauma is much more severe than you would typically expect. This should be a red flag for the doctor, and tests should be ordered immediately.
If the doctor discounts the patient’s complaints, the diagnosis may be delayed, and this can have devastating consequences for the patient because early diagnosis can dramatically improve treatment outcomes.
CRPS is often triggered by trauma, such as a fall, a workplace accident, or an automobile crash--but it may result from any of the following:
A common indicator of CRPS is when the level of pain reported by the patient is unusually high. Another sign of CRPS is allodynia, when the patient suffers intense pain from a stimulus that does not normally provoke pain, such as light touching of the skin.
When a patient is suffering from CRPS, trauma causes the nerves to misfire. The improperly functioning nerve fibers send constant pain signals to the brain. CRPS is most common in the arm, leg, hand, or foot.
Symptoms of CRPS include:
- Aching, cold, or burning pain
- Constant throbbing
- Decreased mobility
- Joint swelling and stiffness
- Muscle spasms
- White and blotchy, red, or blue skin
- Skin texture becomes tender and shiny
- Muscle weakness
- Sensitivity to touch
- Skin becomes cold and pale
- Abnormal hair or nail growth
- One side of the body is warmer or cooler than the other
- Perspiration in the affected area
When the doctor provides the correct diagnosis in time, there are several treatments for CRPS that provide relief for the symptoms and help prevent the condition from growing worse.
Giving Vitamin C to patients recovering from a wrist fracture and ensuring early patient mobilization after a stroke are two strategies that reduce the likelihood that CRPS will occur.
Common treatments for CRPS include:
- Pain relievers
- Sympathetic nerve block injections
- Intravenous ketamine
- Heat therapy
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Intrathecal drug pumps
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
Wyoming is a beautiful state, home to some of the most scenic destinations in America, including the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park. Getting the right treatment for CRPS will allow you to continue participating in the outdoor activities that so many people in Wyoming enjoy.
Delayed diagnosis leads to delayed treatment. As with many other medical ailments, it’s crucial for doctors to provide the correct diagnosis for CRPS as quickly as possible. The results of untreated CRPS can be painful and permanently debilitating. This may include:
- Tissue-wasting atrophy
- Skin, bone, and muscle deterioration
- Difficulty moving
- Pain and stiffness
- Hand, fingers, foot, and toes contract into a fixed position
Since 1981, Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. has been dedicated to getting justice for people harmed by the careless actions of others. Our Wyoming attorneys Alex and Tim understand how medical malpractice can put a terrible strain on you and your family.
We take a compassionate approach to every case and are recognized as one of the best law firms in the country. Founding attorney Jim Leventhal is one of only 100 lawyers in the country to achieve membership to the Inner Circle of Advocates, an invitation-only group of the best plaintiff lawyers in the U.S. Members are renowned for their exceptional courtroom skills and outstanding success.
Call us at (877) 433-3906 today. Let’s see how our Wyoming CRPS attorneys can help.