Nerve Surgery Offers Hope to Patients Suffering from CRPS

By July 28, 2017 August 3rd, 2017 CRPS, Dr. Tollestrup Blog

Understanding and Beating CRPS

Dr. Tollestrup Explains How Patients Suffering Can Be Cured

As many as 200,000 people in the U.S. suffer from Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome. This is  a chronic nerve disorder that occurs most often in the arms or legs after a major or minor injury. CRPS is a condition that wreaks havoc in patients of all ages. Most patients feel they have to live the rest of their lives in pain. 

In this post, Tollestrup explains how patients can beat this condition through peripheral nerve surgery. CRPS is also referred to as RSD.


CRPS is not a disease in the sense of diabetes or coronary artery disease. It’s better to think of it as a medical condition like fractured bones. The pain involved is simply the clinical manifestation of one or more injured nerves in 90% of patients.

It simply takes evaluation of the patient by a surgeon who understands peripheral nerve anatomy to diagnose the specific nerve injury or combination of nerve injuries. The physician needs to then the apply the proper surgical treatment to correct the nerve damage. In these cases, the patient will usually get better.

CRPS is not something that you have to live with like diabetes. It’s something that can be fixed, like a broken tibia! Just like the pain of a fractured tibia resolves once the bone has been properly set and has time to heal, so the pain resolves once the nerve injuries have been properly treated and given time to heal.

Jason’s Story – How Jason Beat CRPS Through Nerve Decompression Surgery

CRPS is cloaked in a shroud of confusion primarily because almost everyone currently involved in defining and “treating” the condition have no real understanding of peripheral nerve anatomy. For these doctors and other medical professionals, CRPS is and always will remain a mystery.

If you or someone you know has been given this “dread” diagnosis, there is another option besides just accepting the fact that you have to live your life in chronic pain. Please call my office to set up a consultation 702-666-0463.

Tim Tollestrup MD