Complex regional pain syndrome, abbreviated as CRPS, is defined by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) as a chronic pain condition that stems from problems with the nervous system, either the central or peripheral nervous system. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) states that one of two forms of CRPS can occur: type one is a chronic nerve disorder that affects the arms and legs after a minor injury, and type two is from nerve injury. Nerve conditions, like CRPS and neuropathy, affect the body's ability to control movements, sensations and autonomic functions.
The NIH states that a patient with CRPS can go through three stages of the disorder. However, not all patients experience CRPS the same: some patients may stay in stage one, while other patients may have a faster progression.
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