CRPS Assist is a free online tool designed by British physiotherapists in collaboration with a respected medical expert for all European physiotherapists who may know a little about Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) but need practical guidance and perhaps don’t have easy access to it. Providing fast access to expert advice CRPS Assist can help clinicians identify patients with CRPS and decide what to do next. Highlighting common pitfalls and practical tips, it also includes a downloadable Budapest diagnostic criteria form.
The goal is to help patients with CRPS access the care they deserve as quickly as possible wherever they live. Patients with chronic CRPS repeatedly report difficulty getting a diagnosis and accessing treatment. As a relatively rare condition, most physiotherapists will see a patient with CRPS only occasionally during their career and will therefore have limited experience and expertise. All physiotherapists are however well placed to identify CRPS patients early. CRPS Assist offers expert guidance and support from real expert clinicians at the touch of a button, wherever and whenever it is needed and it’s completely free.
About Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Awareness Month
CRPS awareness month has been running around the world for over 20 years. Since 2014, the first Monday in November is recognized as Colour The World Orange™ Day for CRPS awareness. The aim of the event is to spread awareness about CRPS – a poorly understood and underrecognized health condition. On the day, people are encouraged to wear orange, take a photo and post it on social media with the hashtag #CRPSOrangeDay. The day is marked with two slogans: “A New Day in the Fight Against CRPS” and Let’s show the world that while we are in pain, we are strong!”
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), is a chronic pain condition characterised by continuous, intense and often burning, pain that is out of proportion to the severity of the original injury. Symptoms can include changes in the skin colour and temperature of the affected body part, as well as skin sensitivity, sweating and swelling.
Find out more about the CRPS and Colour The World Orange™ here.