Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome Case Report

1293 Words 6 Pages
Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) are designed to optimize patient care by assisting practitioners with systematically developed and consistent guidelines (Cecamore et al., 2011). The goal of CPGs is to improve the quality of care received by patients, reduce morbidity and mortality, and improving the quality of life (Cecamore et al., 2011). Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), which is also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSD), is difficult for clinicians to diagnose especially if it is unfamiliar to them. Those unfamiliar with CRPS will generally diagnose the patient with mental health disorders, which is a growing issue for patients because they are left with severe pain and no treatment, decreasing their quality of …show more content…
If the specific risks of the treatment were not present, it was referenced to another article listing potential risks of the particular recommendation. Also, the end of the report listed an overall risk and benefits section for all of their recommendations. The obvious potential benefits listed is, “optimal medical and functional outcomes for injured workers with complex regional pain syndrome/reflex sympathetic dystrophy” (article). An advisory panel, task force members, clinical experts, and other professionals including risk managers, case managers, and insurers were included in reviewing this CPG prior to publication. Clinical experts included in this group represented experts in their fields representing medical specialties. As for the process for updating CPGs is not clear for this particular CPG. According to Vernooji et al. (2014), the updating process for all clinical practice guidelines are poorly described in methodological handbooks that are provided to guide individuals in developing and updating CPGs. This particular CPG does not state its updating process and is unclear on how often this CPG gets updated.
Clarity and
…show more content…
For example, biofeedback is indicated for patients and individuals suffering from musculoskeletal injury “where muscle dysfunction or other physiological indicators of excessive or prolonged stress response affects and/or delays recovery” (article). Biofeedback is also used to manage pain, anxiety, emotional distress, as well as many other issues. The section goes into further depth on the different types of biofeedback and which treatment would be best for which patients, as well as which treatments to avoid for specific patients. The CPG mentions the overall goal for this particular treatment and which healthcare discipline could use this treatment in conjunction with primary healthcare providers.
Editorial Independence The Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation is the funding body for this CPG and although all of the listed recommended interventions are potential treatment options for CRPS, some of the specific recommendations have parameters prior to use. For example, under peripheral nerve blocks, the CPG notifies the reader to refer to another CPG to determine treatment parameters.

Related Documents