What is the prevalence of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) in the US?

Updated: Nov 08, 2018
  • Author: Steven J Parrillo, DO, FACOEP, FACEP; Chief Editor: Andrew K Chang, MD, MS  more...
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CRPS occurs in approximately 1-15% of peripheral nerve injury cases. Schwartzman states that CRPS usually occurs secondary to fractures, sprains, and trivial soft tissue injury. [2] The incidence after fractures and contusions ranges from 10-30%. While some cases are associated with an identifiable nerve injury, many are not. Even "microtrauma" as might occur with an immunization may be responsible. The upper extremities are more likely to be involved than the lower. Entities that have led to RSDS include the following:


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