By Ed Coghlan.
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) can affect someone, no matter what the age.
And that includes children.
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic (lasting greater than six months) pain condition that most often affects one limb (arm, leg, hand, or foot) usually after an injury
“Most pediatricians simply don’t see many cases of CRPS, they might see only one or two in their lifetime,” said Elliot Krane, MD, FAAP, Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine (Pediatric Anesthesia) at the Stanford University Medical Center and of Pediatrics at the Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital.
That’s why the development of an accredited online course focused on the Diagnosis and Treatment of CRPS in Children is so important.
The Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association (RSDSA), with financial underwriting from Zoe’s Heroes, has developed the course, aimed at educating pediatricians and other caregivers.
Dr. Krane believes that since so few pediatricians see CRPS; it may actually negatively impact how it’s effectively treated. CRPS can get worse if it is not identified and treated quickly.
“There are too few training programs and too few pediatric pain specialists,” he said. “This course helps reach those who treat children and explain the science, how to recognize it, how it’s treated, when to refer.”
Dr. Krane sees about a case per week.
“Recently, a child came is who twisted an ankle on a hike,” he said. “Four to five days later the pain was still intense and we knew it was CRPS.”
He explained if the severity and length of the pain is out of proportion to the injury, it’s a sign of CRPS. The hope is this course will reach providers who will better be prepared to identify and treat it. One-hour credit will be given for ACCME, ANCC, and TXPT.
We are so excited that we have filmed Dr. Krane and we are grateful for Zoes Heroes for their financial underwriting of the course,” said Jim Broatch, the long-time Executive Director of RSDSA.
Here’s more information on the course. (Link)
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