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Small injury turns into bigger diagnosis

Last year 11-year-old Mason Barvitskie hurt his right toe during wrestling practice. What seemed like a small injury turned out to be a condition known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) or Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome (AMPS), a chronic pain condition resulting in continuous, intense burning pain that is out of proportion to the severity of the original injury.

After three months of outpatient physical therapy and one month of an intensive program that included physical therapy, occupational therapy, art therapy, music therapy, psychological therapy and non-conventional techniques, Mason walked on his own without help or crutches.

Now, Mason is playing football and wrestling again. He’s able to run with his friends and do all the things a 12-year-old should be doing.