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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

October 13, 2015 at 8:30am PDT, 11:30pm EDT
Recorded in October, 2015


Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is a limb pain, usually arising in distal limb portions after trauma.  Uniquely amongst chronic pain conditions it is variably associated with visible, and palpable changes in the affected limb. Although the condition gets often better spontaneously, while it lasts patients often struggle to maintain a positive outlook in the face of severe abnormal pain, and many are  also bewildered by the odd cognitive symptoms they experience. 
Upon completion of this session, you will understand:
  • what complex regional pain syndrome is, and how it is diagnosed and treated
  • current concepts about the disease causes
  • recent developments on supporting patients with longstanding, refractory disease
  • novel treatments around the corner  

Andreas Goebel, MD

Assistant Professor in Pain Medicine at the University of Liverpool
Director of the Liverpool Pain Research Institute

Dr. Andreas Goebel was born and raised in the Rhein-Main area in Germany, then trained in Germany, the UK and the US in Anaesthesia, Pain Medicine and post-trauma Immunology. He now works at the Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool as a consultant (attendant) in Pain Medicine, and as Assistant Professor in Pain Medicine at the University of Liverpool. He is Director of the Liverpool Pain Research Institute.
Andreas has initiated, and together with Chris Barker led the UK guidance on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, which has picked up endorsement by over 20 UK professional organisations and colleges. He has developed the concept of 'autoantibody pain', in order to explain some of the causes for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and perhaps also for other chronic pains, and he has successfully conducted clinical trials with immune modulating treatments.  

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