Advancements in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

If incorrectly healed, common musculoskeletal injuries to the arms and legs can sometimes develop a chronic pain condition called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). The symptoms vary in intensity and in some rare cases, the pain can start without trauma. To make things worse, there are no FDA-approved medications to successfully manage the condition. However, a new medication is being evaluated that has shown promise in previous research to be well tolerated and potentially effective at reducing the pain associated with CRPS.

Common Symptoms
• Disproportionate Pain compared in Injury
• Limb Swelling
• Hypersensitivity
• Changes in skin Temperature, Color, or Texture

Study Treatments
The investigational medication is in the class of medications called bisphosphonates. These have been studied in patients with various diseases. One bisphosphonate was recently approved in Italy for the treatment of CRPS.

All research volunteers may continue their current pain treatment program. The study medication will be added as an additional medication to help further reduce a patient’s pain level.

The Northwest Clinical Research Center has the opportunity to investigate this exciting new therapy. However, we need volunteers willing to participate and complete the research to prove that these new types of treatments help reduce the pain from CRPS. Complete the questionnaire or call our office at (425) 453-0404 to learn more details about the study and to determine if setting up an appointment is good for you.

All study participants receive the following at no cost:
• Clinical Evaluations
• Study Medication
• Medical Care