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    Is complex regional pain syndrome preventable?

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    Dr Jillian Tomlinson

    Hand Surgeon, Plastic Surgeon (Reconstructive & Cosmetic)

    Dr Jill Tomlinson is a fully qualified plastic, reconstructive and hand surgeon. After graduating dux in her year at University High School, Jill completed medical … View Profile

    Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is not completely preventable but there are steps that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of developing CRPS.

    Taking Vitamin C in doses of 500-1500mg daily has been shown to reduce the rate of CRPS in patients with wrist fractures.

    Early mobilisation of an injured body part also reduces the likelihood of CRPS. There are times when it is necessary for joints to be immobilised in a cast or splint, so that a broken bone or injured tendon or nerve can heal. However, if you are wearing a cast or splint it is recommended that you exercise the unaffected joints in your affected limb. Your surgeon, doctor, physiotherapist or occupational therapist will be able to instruct you on safe ways to keep an injured limb as mobile as possible.

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