Ketamine for Pain: CRPS & RSD

Managing chronic pain and the debilitating symptoms associated with conditions like Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) can be a challenge. While traditional therapies and modalities, such as high doses of narcotics and other medications, can help keep pain under control, most pain sufferers need ongoing treatment. Unfortunately, prescription drugs have many unwanted side effects and some patients become drug-resistant and/or addicted to opioids

Discover the benefits of Ketamine Treatment for Pain

Ketamine Infusion Therapy is a viable treatment option for managing chronic pain symptoms and may be especially effective for patients who have neuropathic pain, have become resistant to narcotics and other pain-relieving treatments, have developed central sensitization, or are unable or unwilling to pursue more traditional remedies.

What is CRPS (formerly RSD)?

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), formerly known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) is a rare and progressive form of chronic pain that affects a single limb but then spreads to other parts of the body. It usually develops after an injury or surgery, and the pain can be difficult to control.

Problems with the central nervous system and sympathetic nervous system can make the sensation of pain much stronger than the pain associated with the original injury. Common symptoms include a sensation of burning pain, motor disability, swelling and stiffness in the joints, and skin changes. This type of malfunctioning only worsens over time and there is currently no cure for CRPS.

CRPS is uncommon, and there is still a lot to learn about why it happens and how to effectively treat it. And while there is no way to definitively diagnose CRPS, bone scans, x-rays, MRIs, and sweat production tests can all be used to give doctors a better idea of what’s going on.

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Treatment Options for CRPS or RSD

Getting relief from persistent pain and discomfort is the primary goal of CRPS treatment since there is currently no cure for this disorder. Nerve blocks can help minimize the sensation of pain and some people get temporary relief from spinal cord stimulation. Narcotics and other painkillers can also help to relieve symptoms in the short-term but are not without their side effects, including risk for addiction. Traditional therapies and treatments for CRPS include:

  • Sympathetic nerve blocks
  • Surgical sympathectomy to destroy nerves triggering CRPS symptoms
  • Intrathecal drug pumps to deliver pain-relieving medication into spinal fluid
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Narcotics and other prescription pain relievers

Ketamine Therapy for CRPS Pain Management

Ketamine therapy offers very promising results for pain sufferers and may be a viable alternative to most traditional treatments for CRPS. How ketamine works is a complicated process that is still being studied, but some of the things we know about ketamine for pain are: ketamine resets the central nervous system’s sensitization to pain, and thereby may provide relief for CRPS sufferers. Unlike opioids, which make patients more sensitive to pain over time, ketamine helps quiet the brain during treatment and restores normal processing of pain in the brain to provide long-term relief. A 2009 study showed that ketamine offers significant pain relief for those with CRPS without any serious side effects.

Ketamine and CRPS: A Safe Treatment Alternative

Studies show ketamine infusions are safe and efficacious treatments for managing CRPS in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Ketamine therapy can treat neuropathic pain that would otherwise require large doses of narcotics or other medications. A 2014 article published in Anesthesia Essays and Researches reveals ketamine can be especially effective for producing sedative and analgesic effects. Ketamine Infusion Therapy may be just what CRPS sufferers need to get relief from pain symptoms without any side effects.

Try Ketamine Therapy for Pain Relief from CRPS or RSD Today

If you or a loved one is suffering from CRPS, consider the benefits of Ketamine Infusion Therapy as part of your pain management program. Contact Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles today to find out how ketamine infusions can help you get relief from CRPS symptoms. Inquiries are confidential and consults are free.



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