The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has published the second edition of Complex regional pain syndrome in adults—UK guidelines for diagnosis, referral and management in primary and secondary care.

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a debilitating, painful condition in a limb, usually arising after injury to the affected limb.

Included in the updated guidelines are recommendations for best practice in primary care, covering:

  • diagnostic criteria for CRPS, including a diagnostic checklist
  • indications for referral
  • ongoing management of suspected or confirmed CRPS, including the four ‘pillars of treatment’ for a CRPS patient.