Complex Regional Pain Syndrom (CRPS) is an uncommon and not well-understood disorder, but it’s one of the most painful conditions out there. CRPS is when a portion of the body, usually starting in a limb, manifests extreme pain, swelling, reducing the range of motion, and changing the skin and bones. It usually develops when recovering from an injury, such as a sprain, fracture, or minor surgery.
CRPS is difficult to diagnose and equally as difficult to treat. A range of treatments, such as medicine, physical and occupational therapy, and psychological treatments are used. Treatment is most effective when started early, but it can be unsatisfactory. But ketamine infusion therapy might open up new doors.
If you’ve been diagnosed with CRPS, your doctors will want to try more traditional treatments first. Although ketamine is becoming more widely used, it is still viewed as an alternative treatment. However, if traditional treatments such as psychotherapy and physical therapy aren’t helping, talk to your doctor about starting ketamine therapy.
It’s believed that CRPS starts with changes in the central nervous system. These changes signal pain in the body as even small stimuli cause out of proportion pain. Ketamine is a potent anesthetic, which works on nerve cell receptors. It basically works by blocking these nerve cells from firing, thus decreasing the amount of pain.
Ketamine therapy isn’t for everyone. As with any treatment, there are risks and side effects. Make sure to talk to your doctor before beginning ketamine infusions. A ketamine clinic will ask for a full medical history, including all current conditions and medications you are taking. It’s important to be completely honest with the medical staff, even if that means you’re ineligible for the treatment.
If you’re interested in learning more about ketamine infusions or think it may help with CRPS, feel free to contact us!
Dr. Rodriguez founded the Delray Center in 2003 and built it on a foundation of core clinical, professional, and ethical principles that are adhered to still to this day. Dr. Rodriguez founded the Delray Center in 2003 and built it on a foundation of core clinical, professional, and ethical principles that are adhered to still to this day.