This latest Cochrane Review looked at 34 RCTs on the efficacy of various interventions for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).The trials included interventions such as physical exercises, cortical trainings, electrotherapies, electro-acupuncture, and my favorite, exposure-based therapies. As expected, they conclude that the quality of the studies was generally low with a high risk of bias.
“The evidence is very uncertain about the effects of physiotherapy interventions on pain and disability in CRPS.” –
Despite the lack of high quality studies, we can’t just leave people with CRPS alone in their suffering and left forever on opioids. Here is a free preview on my short online CRPS course, in case you wish to know more about CRPS.