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We're a not-for-profit global research community on a mission to find more effective methods for diagnosing and treating Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (aka Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy).  

To date, treatment trials for CRPS have generally been small, single-site pilot studies with small patient samples. By encouraging collaboration across multiple sites and multiple countries, we strive to increase sample size and improve the rigor, power and quality of CRPS-related studies specifically to produce more compelling and relevant research results.​ Read about us >>
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Our members are leaders in CRPS research; some have spent 30+ years working in the CRPS arena and others are noted rising stars in the field.  Together, they bring a wealth of experience and diversity in their approach to finding better identification and treatment for those with CRPS. By joining our prestigious and diverse research community you participate in the evolution and development of better treatment and diagnosis of this devastating disease. 

What is crps?

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS; also called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy or causalgia) is a rare, disabling disease that is characterized by pain and a variety of other symptoms such as color or temperature changes of the affected part; swelling; neurological and muscle dysfunction; and disorders of skin, nails, hair, bone and the immune system. The number and collection of certain of these symptoms determines the diagnosis. It can be a serious illness that usually occurs in response to trauma such as a severe sprain, bone fracture, crush injury or surgery. It can be disabling and negatively impact many aspects of a person’s life, including daily activities, relationships, work or school. 

CRPS is classified as a rare disorder by the United States Food and Drug Administration. However, up to 200,000 individuals may experience this condition in the United States in any given year.  Continue reading >>

IRC Hosted the Inaugural Roberto Perez Lectureship in Toronto

On September 21, 2022, the International Research Consortium for CRPS, in collaboration with the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association (RSDSA), hosted the inaugural Tribute and Lectureship Program to honor Professor Roberto Perez, an extraordinary researcher on complex regional pain syndrome. Read more

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