In more than 90% of cases, CRPS occurs after a forceful trauma to an arm or a leg. This can include a crushing injury or a fracture, damaging sensory nerve fibers that transmit pain, itch, and temperature sensations and control the small blood vessels and health of almost all surrounding cells.
Some of the most common situations where CRPS can occur due to a forceful nerve trauma are:
CRPS can develop in vehicle accidents causing leg or wrist fractures that injure nerves from a displaced or splintered bone. If the vehicle accident is severe enough, nerve injuries can occur from deep cuts, burns, muscle sprains/ruptures, and even during emergency surgeries.
Slip and Falls
Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, at any time, to anyone. Unfortunately, a bad slip can place a lot of force into the wrist of a hand trying to reduce the fall, possibly breaking the wrist and injuring nerves from the displaced or splintered bones. An unexpected fall from a great height can also place a forceful injury to the ankles or shin, leading to bone fractures and possible nerve injuries.
In the workplace, there can be a multitude of workplace injury opportunities, ranging from machine-use accidents to getting struck by objects/moving machinery to any catastrophic injury. Each accident can severely affect a limb, either spraining it or fracturing it, causing nerve injury and possibly developing CRPS.
Other Personal Injuries
Severe bike accidents can badly injure a limb, resulting in possible bone fractures and nerve traumas. In accidents where a tight cast is placed CRPS can develop, as the pressure from a tight cast presses on nerves and restricts blood flow.
On some occasions, events that penetrate the skin (like a dog bite), can accidentally pierce a superficial sensory nerve, causing more pain than otherwise.
Almost all personal injuries can result in CRPS, so individuals who suffer from CRPS related to other injuries may still qualify for legal action. It is best to talk to a chronic regional pain syndrome lawyer about your accident or injury to determine what next steps to take.