How often CRPS occurs?
The research group ‘Epidemiology’ in TREND has focused on answering these and comparing questions.
Meanwhile the following information is known:
- each year, approximately 26 out of 100,000 people develop CRPS; in other words, this means we have approximately 4300 new CRPS patients each year in the Netherlands;
- CRPS is at least 3 times as common in women as in men (1:3,4);
- CRPS is relatively more common in women aged between 61-70 years;
- CRPS is most common in adults, although children can be affected too;
- arms are more often affected than legs;
- a fracture is the most common preceding event (in 44% of the cases).
The figure below shows the incidence of CRPS (per 100,000 persons) compared with age. It is clear to see that CRPS is most common in the higher age group, and that women (continuous line) more often are affected than men (dotted line).
You can read more about this study in:
De Mos, M; de Bruijn, AG; Huygen FJ; Dieleman, JP; Stricker, BH; Sturkenboom, MC; (2006) The incidence of complex regional pain syndrome: A population-based study. Pain 129(1): p.12-20.