Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) is a condition marked by chronic and ‘burning’ pain in a particular part of the body, most commonly the limbs. The pain is extremely severe and can cause the life of the patient to come to a pause.
This condition usually shows its symptoms after the patient has suffered a stroke, trauma or injury. Most doctors believe the chronic pain is caused due to the inflammation of nerves in a certain part of the body. However, there is no known cause for this disease and no certain cure. But, the pain can be made more manageable with the help of therapy and the patient can retrieve functional use of their body.
CRPS treatment requires the assistance of a good physiotherapist as well as a mental health professional. Here are some ways that help in the treatment of this condition:
This is one of the most effective treatment options when it comes to CRPS. As, injury specific rehabilitation not only helps you reduce your pain but also helps in restoring functionality to your body. Studies show if caught early on the onset, the recovery rate for CRPS is about 80-90%. Therefore it’s really important to initiate and follow a treatment plan that your physiotherapist give you.
Physical therapy initiates by restricting a number of movements that worsen your pain. The next steps are, working on a series of exercises that help easing your ache and increase the functionality of your affected limb. It’s crucial that the therapy is conducted with utmost care and precaution as any wrong movement can worsen your condition severely. Rehabilitation of the affected limb helps in preventing/reversing the secondary brain changes resulting from chronic pain.
Receiving activity specific training can also help you resume your normal lifestyle and teach you to work around your affected limb.
Other physical therapy options include desensitization and graded motor imagery, for which you could consult your doctor to know more.
Although there are no tested medications for this particular disorder, additional drugs that have been proven effective for other disorders can be used to minimize the pain. NSAID’s (Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs), opioids and anticonvulsants are some of the drugs that your doctor can prescribe. Intrathecal drugs have also proven useful for specific patients.
Sympathetic nerve block and spinal cord stimulation are other procedures that are sometimes used but are considered controversial among the medical community for the treatment of CRPS.
Talking to a mental health professional that specializes in pain management can go a long way in easing your anguish. It prevents the development of disorders like anxiety or depression that can result from chronic pain. Spending time with your friends and playing with your pets also give a new perception to your condition.
Utilize these tips to ease yours or your loved ones’ journey through this painful disorder. You can also contact a social worker to guide you through any of the steps.
An accident, especially a vehicular mishap can have far reaching consequences. According to a report by Statistics Canada, vehicular accidents account to an average of 2,300 deaths each year. Apart from the fatalities, accidents of any kind can lead to grievous injuries, mental trauma and can have long lasting side-effects.
Be it a car accident or a sport injury, a consultation with a physical therapist is crucial. A doctor can only fix your bones and bandage your wounds but a therapist helps your muscles and tendons to repair and your body to regain its full functionality.
Here’s why you should get physical therapy after a car accident or any other disaster:
Recovery Funding for MVA
An accident induces both physical and mental trauma on an individual. Therefore, worrying about your financial funding can be nothing but a hindrance to your recovery and trouble for your loved ones. With our MVC injury funding services, gathering finances for your healing is one less thing to worry about. Our services help you find the best possible option to fund your recovery. We assess your injuries; fill out all the necessary paperwork and bill directly to the insurance company. Whether you are the victim or not, we get you the best options that you are entitled to. Drop us a line for our assistants to guide you through.
Healing Minor Injuries
The standard medical procedure for treating minor injuries after an accident includes prescribing pain killers and applying a brace. This doesn’t take in account the damage to your muscles and tendons incurred during the accident. Your therapist prescribes you a program of specific exercises and massages that heal your internal injuries and avoid future complications which can lead to surgery if not taken care of.
While pain killers help you alleviate the intense pain after an accident, the relief is temporary and their prolong use can have side-effects. Physiotherapy uses various procedures including kinesio taping, tissue massage, cold compresses and electric stimulation to relieve your pain and prevent it from recurring.
Our injury specific rehabilitation focuses on your particular wound and helps in healing the injury in the fastest and safest way possible. Whiplash is a common problem suffered by vehicular accident victims. Some patients experience pain in their neck and lower back for years after the injury had taken place.
Physiotherapy focuses on helping your muscles and tissues heal themselves, therefore avoiding the re-emergence of pain and whiplash after the accident. The exercises restore your functionality, massages flush toxins out of your body and other techniques like cold compresses and taping make sure your injury is pain free.
Physiotherapy not only gives you relief from the pain, but also restores the pre-injury health to your body and helps you rid the trauma of your accident.
A sprained ankle is the last thing you want to get when you are sprinting for the ball in a sport, but it happens. In fact, a sprained ankle is one of the most common sports injuries. Add to that, a person does not have to play a sport to get a sprained ankle, it can happen to anyone doing any daily activity like just walking.
A sprained ankle can affect a person in numerable ways.
The sooner you deal with your sprained ankle, the better and quicker it will heal.
Deal With it Yourself
- Don't Exert Yourself
The first step is to not exert yourself. Instead, try and get as much rest as possible and keep your weight off the leg. The more you exert yourself and the sprained ankle, the less of an opportunity you give your leg to heal.
- Apply Ice
Ice is the best way to prevent your ankle from swelling up to the size of a watermelon. Apply it regularly throughout the day so it can cool your muscles.
- Ointment and Compression
If you have to move about, apply an anti-inflammation ointment and wrap your affected ankle in an elastic bandage. Don't wrap it so tight that the circulation to your ankle and feet is cut off.
If you are an athlete, or you think the injury is a serious one, it's best to have a physiotherapist have a look.
- Assess your Range of Motion
Your range of motion will certainly be affected by an ankle sprain. This will tell you how bad the injury is.
The right stretches suggested by a trained physical therapist will help reduce the swelling in your ankle and help it build back up.
- Gait Training
Whether you like it or not, you have to move on that ankle, gait training will ensure that you don't put too much strain on it.
Electro therapy uses electric pulses to stimulate the muscles. It does several things at once. It stimulates your ankle muscle, alleviates pain and helps your ankle recover swiftly from the injury.
Kinesio taping is a very effective way to deal with an ankle sprain. It provides strong support to your muscles to prevent swelling and encourages it to heal.
Sprained ankle is more than an 'inconvenience' that you have to deal with. Make sure that you are taking the right steps to ensure it heals properly.
New Year, New You!
As we wave the following year a happy goodbye, let’s welcome this new one with the zest and enthusiasm every fresh beginning deserves. It’s time to set new goals and work hard to get rid of some of those bad habits that marked our lifestyle all round the previous year.
We know what you are thinking. It’s one thing to set a resolution (not to mention easier), another thing to follow through it. Especially, when these resolution are about being healthy. People are creatures of habit and it’s super hard to inculcate ones that keep you from eating your favorite cheese pizza or red velvet cheesecake.
So, why not set some fresh goals that we can actually achieve, to start this New Year healthy? Here are a few resolutions that will give you real results in the coming year:
No, by this we don’t actually mean you should look after your food, day in and day out. It actually means you should pay attention to your food while you are eating it. Dr. David Cox, chief medical officer at Headspace in an interview to SELF said, "If you pay attention to your food you are psychologically more satisfied by it". Therefore, multitasking while having your lunch is a strict no-no.
Drink more Water
As generic or cliché this advice may seem, there is actually no substitute for drinking water. Drinking water regularly not only keeps your body happy, it helps you combat indigestion, acidity and even heart diseases. One easy way of doing so is keeping a bottle next to your work desk for you to sip on. Drinking water before your meals is also a good idea. Experts also say that we often confuse hunger with thirst, therefore keep and calm and sip on whenever you are feeling a little peckish.
Relaxing is important but relaxing right is essential. Taking some time off from your work is good as it helps you re-centre your mind but your tranquil mood fades off easily in the daily hustle of life. This is why it is more important to relax in a way that particularly helps ease the stress of your job. Our Activity Specific Training makes performing your job a stress free process. Want to try it right from the comfort of your home? Book an appointment today to experience our wonderful services.
Find Your Workout
Working out is hard. There is no secret about it. But most of the times the dread of an intense workout stops us from exercising even a little bit. There are many other simpler options. Try some elementary exercises everyday to kick start your body. Or, even better go for a short run till you sweat.
Other simple steps like ensuring regular 8-hours of sleep and getting customary health checkups and massages will guarantee your New Year is healthy, wealthy and wise.