Can Vitamin Supplements Help CRPS Sufferers?


This blog was written thanks to the expertise of our team, including Alex Cohen, Philip Cohen and Steven Akerman, leading experts in compensation claims for chronic pain and serious injury.

Unfortunately, CRPS is an incurable disease, however, certain vitamins are said to help reduce pain caused by the condition for certain sufferers.


As a result of considerable research, it is now widely accepted in the medical profession that Vitamin C can reduce the risk of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) following a limb fracture or limb surgery. In this blog, we discuss whether or not vitamins really do have the ability to alleviate symptoms for those sufferers who have already been diagnosed with the debilitating condition. Continue reading to find out more.

Scientists do not know exactly what it is that causes complex regional pain syndrome to develop and, as the condition is currently incurable, there is no definitive successful treatment. Instead, there are particular remedies and potential treatments that have been found to make symptoms caused by the condition more bearable.

In over 90 percent of cases, CRPS is triggered by a clear history of trauma or injury. As a condition, CRPS is lifelong and affects every aspect of a sufferers life.

Around 58% of CRPS sufferers find relief through prescribed painkillers and it is now commonly accepted that the best way to treat chronic pain caused by CRPS is with a multi-pronged, long-term approach. This can include a combination of GP-approved medication, relaxation techniques, holistic treatments, and vitamins.

Although there is no conclusive evidence regarding the effective use of vitamins to alleviate the many symptoms of CRPS, there is a wide-ranging argument that introducing additional vitamins into a daily regime can only help.

Increased sensitivity to pain is widely acknowledged to be triggered by a nervous system disorder. As vitamin B12 is essential for a healthy nervous system, replenishing vitamin B12 levels through supplementation has been found to be extremely beneficial.

Vitamin B and Magnesium have also received favourable feedback in terms of helping people live with the CRPS, as well as Calcium and, to some extent, fish oil supplements. However, it is always important to remember that no two individuals will react the same way to vitamin supplements; what may work well for one person may not necessarily have the same effect for another.

The many medical benefits of Vitamin C have long been known. In 1942, the important role of Vitamin C in fracture healing was documented. As well as promoting bone formation, Vitamin C has since been shown to improve the mechanical strength of the new bone (callus) that forms during the bone unification process. Studies indicate that, while Vitamin C does not absolutely prevent the development of CRPS following limb fractures or limb surgery, it does significantly reduce that risk. A 500mg of Vitamin C daily for at least 50 days following limb fracture or surgery remains a worthwhile measure.

There can be no replacement for a nutritional diet and a healthy lifestyle, however, if you’re struggling to meet your ‘Five-a-Day’ target of fresh fruit and vegetables and feel you may be lacking in nutrients as a result, adding vitamin supplements to your daily routine can only be a good thing for your overall health.

At Brian Barr Solicitors, we are experts in handling CRPS compensation claims for a wide range of clients. However, it is important to remember that we are not medical experts and would always advise discussing your condition and any potential treatments with your doctor or local GP. If you have developed complex regional pain syndrome as a result of an accident or injury that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to compensation. As CRPS solicitors, we have vast experience in handling claims for a wide range of patients. With us, you will feel safe in the knowledge that your case is handled with the utmost care and attention.

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Steven Akerman

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Director, Brian Barr

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Director, Brian Barr

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