About the Book


Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a rare condition that may have devastating effects for a teenager and their family. The excruciating pain that is characteristic of CRPS occurs though complicated changes occurring in the nervous system. This pain leads to decreased physical and emotional functioning which, if left without appropriate management, can cause profound disability. The early recognition and team management of CRPS may prevent and reverse these changes. However, these concepts along with the medical jargon can be extremely difficult to understand. Thus, Dr. G. R. Lauder and Roslyn Massey have collaborated to make this knowledge accessible to teenagers in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Explained.

The principal aim of this book is to provide well-presented clear information for teenagers who develop CRPS. It is hoped that it will be used as a tool to aid the early recognition of CRPS and implement the necessary team approach to management. Medical terms have been explained in a way that can be easily understood. In an effort to make it even more useful, the authors asked a focus group of teenagers– which included those who have been treated for CRPS – to provide their feedback.

In Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Explained, teenagers can follow cartoons of Harold the alpha lion, who develops CRPS, and relays his journey from diagnosis to team management and recovery. With a clearer understanding of CRPS, teenagers will be able to take part in the decisions that affect their health and body.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Explained  is referenced throughout and provides a list of other relevant books. In addition, an extensive list of contacts is provided to promote access to pain management clinics worldwide. Hence, although this book is specifically designed to cater to the needs of a teenager with CRPS, it will also serve as an extremely useful educational tool for families and healthcare professionals.