Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic condition that is characterized by severe pain and burning sensations, often occurring in extremities. The condition is categorized into three types depending on the features of potential causation for the condition. CRPS type 1 presents development as a result of trauma, such as fractures, crush injuries, or legions without evidence of nerve damage. Type 2 is development of the condition post nerve damage. Type 3 occurs when there is no discernible signs or symptoms prior to the condition that brings forth any other diagnosis.
According to studies in The Lancet, referenced by the CRPS Network Australia, it is estimated that 1 in 3800 people are affected by CRPS per year. It is also 3-4 times more common for it to occur in women and occurrence peaks at patients of the ages between 37 – 50. Of the cases of CRPS, 45% occurred after various types of fractures, 18% from sprains, 12% from elective surgeries, and less than 10% are spontaneous with unknown causes.
There is no known cure from CRPS, and even the root cause of the conditions is still being debated. Treatment for the conditions consists of treating its symptoms. The symptoms of CRPS can include burning sensations, skin over-sensitivity, varying skin temperatures, change in skin coloration, change in skin texture, changes in hair growth patterns, sweeling or stiffness of effected joints, and a decrease in motor ability in the area. Treating these symptoms often requires a mixture of medications, either oral or topical, and physical therapy. In severe cases surgery may help to reduce symptoms. Because treatments are individualized and may require observation over long periods of time, digital health solutions can help patients better care for themselves.
Care.Wallet is a powerful tool that has everything patients may need for successfully managing their health. If experiencing discomfort, pain or swelling in the neck, a patient can book an appointment with a few clicks directly in the App. If a patient needs a ride to the facility, Care.Wallet has got them covered with a medical transportation solution embedded. If it’s not possible to have an in-office visit, Care.Wallet allows for booking online appointments via Global Telehealth Exchange.
With Care.Wallet the patient doesn’t have to worry about preparing for the appointment, as all their previous medical records are securely stored in his Care.Wallet and can be shared with all members of their care team in real-time. On top of that, Care.Wallet allows for symptom recording and management. Armed with all necessary the information, medical professionals can better evaluate the health condition of the patient and diagnose the problem. Prescriptions and referrals can be easily managed within the App as well. Care.Wallet has a comprehensive feedback function, called “How Are You Feeling Today” (HAYFT) Cards, that allow the patient to stay in touch with their care provider and report any changes to their health condition. In addition, the Care.Circle functionality provides an opportunity for the patient to have health information exchanged between all care professionals involved in their treatment. Family and friends can be invited to join their Care.Circle as well to support the patient in their recovery and stay updated about their current health situation.
Care.Wallet is a powerful health management tool designed to offer a new improved standard of care and will improve the way healthcare works by putting patients in control of their health management. If you enjoyed this article, do take a look at our previous article Polymyalgia Rheumatica in the US.