Making connections: using telehealth to improve the diagnosis and treatment of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, an underrecognized neuroinflammatory disorder

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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a common and complex, but often underrecognized neuroinflammatory disorder. This syndrome can cause significant intractable pain, worsening motor changes, negative sensory symptoms as well as autonomic, vasomotor and trophic changes. Primary care providers and specialists are frequently challenged with patients who present with unusual symptoms and are unsure of the differential diagnosis and best practices treatment options for CRPS. The Project ECHO Pain Team leverages tele-health technologies to connect clinician specialists and primary care providers in order to increase awareness and create knowledge networks regarding improvement in clinical care for patients with CRPS.