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What is the outlook for complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)?

It’s difficult to predict how complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) will progress in any one person, but early diagnosis and treatment are helpful.

Many people find their CRPS settles over a few weeks or months with good rehabilitation therapy. However, if you've had symptoms for more than six months then it's more likely that you'll still have some pain even after treatment. Some people find that other symptoms improve even if the pain continues.

CRPS often affects a wider area than any previous injury and it may affect the whole limb. Occasionally, people who’ve had CRPS in one limb may develop it in another, but this is relatively unusual. It's also possible for symptoms to return in people who've had a previous improvement in symptoms.

Even if you have CRPS for a long time, it will not damage the body's tissues. However, you should try not to alter your posture to adapt to the painful limb, as this can sometimes lead to secondary problems in other parts of the body.


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