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Internal News - 10 June 2005

Pain service wins national competition

Dr Nick Shenker, a PhD student within the School for Health and Clinical Research Fellow at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, recently won a national award from the British Society for Rheumatology for a service for patients with complex regional pain syndrome.

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a poorly understood and crippling condition. It involves pain that may occur after an injury to an arm or a leg. In rare cases, the syndrome develops after surgery, a heart attack, a stroke or other medical problem. The pain is often described as a burning feeling and is much worse than expected for the injury.

The team will be running a two day conference on CRPS in February 2006 to provide professionals with information about the assessment and treatment of the condition.