CRPS 101 : Complex Regional Pain Syndrome




Did you know that Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is the most painful chronic disease on the McGill Pain Scale? Despite the complex nature of this condition, over 70% of patients with CRPS improve significantly after one year of treatment with proper management. This one-hour course, given by Bahram Jam, physiotherapist and founder of the Advanced Physical Therapy Education Institute (APTEI), reviews the most relevant scientific literature on the subject. With a strong focus on clinical practice, the course explores the 10 non-pharmaceutical management options for CRPS in physical therapy using several real-life examples.

Course Outline

Module 1 : Introduction

Module 2 : Diagnosis

  • Diagnostic criteria for CRPS
  • Overview of the main medical treatments

Module 3 : CRPS Management – Part 1

  • CRPS Management – Reassure, Encourage and Educate
  • The 10 options for managing CRPS in physiotherapy

Module 4 : CRPS Management – Part 2

  • Introduction to graded motor imagery
  • Observation of others (Level 1)
  • Recognizing laterality (Level 2)
  • Visualization of activities (Level 3)
  • Mirror therapy (Level 4)
  • Pain exposure therapy (Level 5 / 5+)

Module 5 : CRPS Management – Part 3

  • Graded Sensory Exposure

Module 6 : CRPS Management – Part 4

  • Brain Visualization 6 (BV6)

Module 7 : Conclusion

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  1. Know how to explain complex regional pain syndrome and what the main impacts of the disease are on the quality of life of affected individuals.
  2. Know the main diagnostic elements of CRPS.
  3. Be familiar with different physical therapy management options for CRPS and understand the brain mechanisms involved.
  4. Become familiar with the application of the different management options discussed to improve patient well-being.

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