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Complex regional pain syndrome

What is com­plex region­al pain syn­drome? Pro­fes­sor Karen Rod­ham explains this poor­ly-under­stood con­di­tion and pro­vides infor­ma­tion on the caus­es, diag­noses and treat­ment and self-man­age­ment options avail­able to peo­ple liv­ing with it.

If you would like to know more about the sources of evi­dence con­sult­ed for this pub­li­ca­tion here.

More Infor­ma­tion on CRPS


  • Burn­ing Nights: a UK char­i­ty that rais­es aware­ness of CRPS:
  • CRPS UK: a patient led char­i­ty, rais­ing aware­ness and sup­port­ing peo­ple with CRPS through expe­ri­ence, under­stand­ing and edu­ca­tion:
  • CRPS Net­work UK: a research net­work made up of a num­ber of UK NHS trusts and aca­d­e­m­ic insti­tu­tions with an inter­est in CRPS. One of its main aims is to raise aware­ness and under­stand­ing of CRPS among health pro­fes­sion­als, patients and the gen­er­al pub­lic:
  • Relate: an organ­i­sa­tion which aims to help cou­ples to find a way through any dif­fi­cul­ties they may be fac­ing in their rela­tion­ship:


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Karen Rod­ham is Pro­fes­sor of Health Psy­chol­o­gy at the Stafford­shire Cen­tre for Psy­cho­log­i­cal Research. She designed and then led the Com­plex Region­al Pain Syn­drome psy­chol­o­gy ser­vice for adults at the Roy­al Nation­al Hos­pi­tal for Rheumat­ic Dis­eases for six years.