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2022 Jan

Am J Clin Hypn



Hypnotherapy for complex regional pain syndrome.


Thomson L
Am J Clin Hypn. 2022 Jan; 64(3):195-205.
PMID: 35007485.


Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic, disabling condition with prolonged or excessive pain persisting in a limb usually following a triggering injury or trauma to an extremity. The subjective expression of pain is disproportionate to what would be objectively expected from the initial injury. It may also be accompanied by a variety of autonomic disturbances and trophic abnormalities such as swelling in the affected area and changes in skin color and temperature. Understanding the pathophysiology of CRPS remains a medical challenge, along with making the diagnosis and devising an effective treatment plan. There are limited randomized controlled trials and definitive treatment is yet to evolve for this life-altering condition. This case study illustrates the safe, cost-effective addition and efficacious use of hypnosis in the integrative treatment plan for a teenager with CRPS.