A Review of Occupational Therapy Approach for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

복합부위통증증후군의 작업치료적 접근에 관한 고찰

  • 최유임 (호원대학교 보건복지대학 작업치료학과) ;
  • 박수현 (연세대학교 작업치료학과)
  • Published : 2010.01.28


Complex Regional Pain Syndrome(CRPS) is a chronic neruopathic pain syndrome, most frequently encountered after trauma, nerve injury, fracture, cerebral vascular accident(CVA), spinal injury, and surgery to a limb, and affected by diverse factors such as disease process, intervention method, and other biopsychosocial components. Occupational therapy as a multidisciplinary treatment approach may be potentially useful when simultaneously targeting such biological, psychological, and social components. Biological treatment can focus on increasing functional use of extremity for promoting independence. Psychological intervention can include relaxation/biofeedback training and cognitive-behavioral treatments, and social approach can focus on recreational therapy and vocational rehabilitation. Occupational therapy will encourage functional restoration, pain management, and regaining of psychological components with collaboration between different disciplines.


Complex Regional Pain Syndrome;Occupational Therapy;Biopsychosocial Treatment


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