CRPS Clinic in Denver with a worldwide reach

By Dr. Brad DeBeer (Director of Clinical Neuroscience at Axon)

At Axon Integrative Health, we understand the profound impact of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) on the lives of individuals. CRPS is a chronic pain condition that often arises after an injury or trauma, affecting a limb disproportionately and causing persistent pain. In our commitment to providing comprehensive care, we explore the intricate nature of CRPS, traditional therapy options, and the distinctive approach of functional neurology at Axon.

Understanding CRPS: The Pain Cycle Unveiled

CRPS manifests as a result of an aberrant response to an injury, initiating a complex cascade of events in the nervous system. The pain cycle in CRPS involves both peripheral and central sensitization, leading to heightened pain perception and dysfunction. Neuroinflammation, alterations in blood flow, and changes in the brain’s processing of pain signals contribute to the persistent and often debilitating nature of CRPS.

Traditional Therapy Options for CRPS

Commonly employed therapies for CRPS include physical therapy, medications, and nerve blocks. While these approaches may offer relief for some, the multifaceted nature of CRPS often demands a more integrative and personalized strategy.

Scientific References:

Harden RN, Oaklander AL, Burton AW, et al. Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association. Complex regional pain syndrome: practical diagnostic and treatment guidelines, 4th edition. Pain Med. 2013;14(2):180-229.

Goebel A, Barker CH, Turner-Stokes L, et al. Complex regional pain syndrome in adults: UK guidelines for diagnosis, referral and management in primary and secondary care. London: Royal College of Physicians; 2018.

Functional Neurology at Axon: A Holistic Approach to CRPS

At Axon Integrative Health, we embrace functional neurology as a cornerstone in our approach to CRPS. Unlike traditional therapies that often focus on symptom management, functional neurology aims to identify and address the root causes of neurological dysfunction and brain connection.

Our approach involves a thorough assessment of the nervous system’s function, exploring sensory, motor, emotional and cognitive aspects. By understanding the individual neurological profile of each patient, we design targeted interventions to modulate and normalize neural function.

Scientific References:

Carrick FR. Changes in brain function after manipulation of the cervical spine. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1997;20(8):529-545.

Schmahmann JD. Disorders of the cerebellum: ataxia, dysmetria of thought, and the cerebellar cognitive affective syndrome. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2004;16(3):367-378.

At Axon Integrative Health, we believe in empowering individuals on their journey to recovery. Our personalized and evidence-based approach, rooted in functional neurology, aims to restore optimal nervous system function and enhance overall well-being.

Contact us today to embark on a transformative path towards managing and overcoming CRPS. Your journey to pain relief begins here at Axon Integrative Health.

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