All of the medical research on CRPS suggests that movement is the key to both immediate and longterm recovery. Physical therapy is critical as it teaches us how move through the pain as normally as possible in a safe manner. Physical therapists will also suggest when walking aids should be used and where to get them. There were times when I had to use a walker to get around and times when a wheelchair was necessary. There were times when I wanted to use one of these and was told it was better not to use them. The bottom line is that you need someone to guide you through this. When you have a limb(s) that isn’t working properly, an occupational therapist will teach you alternative ways to do basic things like brush your teeth, or even roll over in bed. Having this independence is crucial to recovery because of the mental toll that dealing with this syndrome takes on all involved.