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Other publications by CRPS Network members 2019-2020

Many of our Network members are experienced researchers in the field of CRPS and chronic pain.  Not all of their publications are directly related to Registry studies, but are still very relevant to our work.  A key selection are listed below.

Abstracts (overviews) of all research papers can be accessed using the following links, but please note that some will require an active subscription to the relevant journal in order to access the full publication.

Book on Self-Management (written by Professor Karen Rodham) - due for publication in 2020 ............


Standards for the diagnosis and management of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: Results of a European Pain Federation task force - published in the European Journal of Pain, April 2019.  The European Pain Federation task force present 17 standards of the diagnosis and management of CRPS for use in Europe. These are considered achievable for most countries and aspirational for a minority of countries depending on their healthcare resource and structures.


Maintained physical activity and physiotherapy in the management of distal upper limb pain - a randomised controlled trial - published in RMD Open (Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases), March 2019.  The epidemiology of distal arm pain and back pain are similar. However, management differs considerably: for back pain, rest is discouraged, whereas patients with distal arm pain are commonly advised to rest and referred to physiotherapy. We hypothesised that remaining active would reduce long-term disability and that fast-track physiotherapy would be superior to physiotherapy after time on a waiting list.  Among patients awaiting physiotherapy for distal arm pain, advice to remain active results in better 26-week functional outcome, compared with advice to rest. Also, immediate physiotherapy confers no additional benefit in terms of disability, compared with physiotherapy delivered after 6–8 weeks waiting time. These findings question current guidance for the management of distal arm pain.


Exploring the relationships between alterations of body image, sense of limb position and sense of limb movement in complex regional pain syndrome - published in The Journal of Pain (American Pain Society), January 2019.  The objectives of this study were to assess body perception and the senses of limb position and limb movement in CRPS, and to test whether these variables are related to each other and to pain intensity.  From a clinical perspective, these data suggest that these two body representations should be evaluated separately in CRPS, and that interventions aimed at improving body image will not necessarily impact body schema and vice versa.  However, more reliable assessment methods of body image in CRPS are needed.

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