Ketamine Treatment for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in Southern California 

Ketamine Treatment for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in Southern California 


Pain is an uncomfortable or distressing feeling that serves as an important indication that something may be wrong. But when pain becomes chronic, it can affect one’s ability to participate in day-to-day activities and can take a toll on one’s mental health. 


Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic neuropathic pain that most often affects a limb after injury or illness. Although chronic pain, like CRPS, is not always curable, there are treatments that can help. 


At Neuro Wellness Spa, we offer intravenous (IV) ketamine therapy as a treatment option for those suffering with CRPS. 



How Is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Treated with Ketamine IV Therapy? 


IV ketamine is an anesthetic that stimulates neuron growth within the brain. Ketamine has been used in medicine since the early 1960s, when it was synthesized as a safer alternative to other anesthetics. However, there is new evidence that suggests ketamine by activating and inhibiting areas of the brain to relieve chronic pain. Today, IV ketamine has been shown to be a safe and effective treatment option for those with treatment-resistant:


  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Spinal Injury
  • Phantom limb pain after amputation
  • Neuralgia
  • Chronic Pain 


Traditionally, chronic regional pain syndrome may be treated with:

  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Several different classes of medications and/or intrathecal drug pumps
  • Nerve blocks
  • Neuromodulation


IV ketamine is an emerging treatment option for CRPS. If medications and nonpharmacological interventions do not provide relief from CRPS symptoms, then IV ketamine therapy may be an effective treatment option. 


IV ketamine has been shown to relieve medication-resistant chronic pain syndromes, especially those syndromes that have a neuropathic component, such as complex regional pain syndrome type 1 (CRPS-1), post-herpetic neuralgia and neuropathic pain from peripheral nerve damage.


So how does the therapy work? 


At Neuro Wellness Spa, ketamine therapy is administered on an outpatient basis. The dosage of ketamine is determined by the patient’s body weight (0.5mg/kg). Ketamine infusions are administered by a trained clinician at a slow and controlled pace. Although some people may experience sensitivity to light and/or sound and disorientation during ketamine therapy, these feelings subside quickly when the treatment is finished.


IV Ketamine can cause feelings of dissociation while the treatment is being administered. However, many patients report that these feelings can help them develop an objective perspective about past experiences.


Ketamine has been shown to effectively and safely treat mood and chronic pain disorders by inhibiting N-Methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors. When the NMDA receptor is blocked, ketamine brings acute and chronic pain relief. Some researchers indicate that ketamine does this by resetting the hyper-sensitized pain receptors in the nervous system. 



What Is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome? 


Complex regional pain syndrome is categorized into two types. In CRPS type 1, there is no nerve damage whereas with CRPS type 2 is diagnosed when there is evidence of nerve damage. In either type, CRPS is a chronic pain disorder in which sensory stimuli are more painful than they should be.



What Causes Complex Regional Pain Syndrome? 


In over 90% of cases, chronic regional pain syndrome begins after an illness or injury that doesn’t directly damage the nerves. This type of CRPS is classified as CRPS type 1. In CRPS type 2, CRPS symptoms begin after a nerve injury. 


The symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome may include: 

  • Pain disproportionate to injury
  • Increased sensitivity to sensory stimuli
  • Skin color changes
  • Swelling
  • Hair/nail growth changes
  • Decreased range of motion


Three major professional organizations, the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, and the American Academy of Pain Medicine, have all concluded that ketamine infusions for chronic pain can be an effective treatment option. 


It is important to note that ketamine should always be prescribed and administered by a doctor. At Neuro Wellness Spa, we are happy to discuss whether you or a loved one may be a candidate for IV ketamine. Feel free to contact us to learn more. 



Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Statistics 


In the United States, chronic regional pain syndrome affects over 200,000 people each year. Although CRPS can occur at any age, it most frequently affects adults aged 37-70. CRPS affects 3-4 times as many women as it does men. 

Neuro Wellness Spa is a leading IV ketamine therapy provider in Southern California. We take pride in relieving symptoms of chronic regional pain syndrome, and helping our patients get their lives back.

How Does This Therapy Feel?

At Neuro Wellness Spa, we administer low levels of ketamine in a controlled environment.


Ketamine can be used an anesthetic during surgery. However, the dosage we use during therapy is much lower.


At Neuro Wellness Spa we use FDA-approved doses and closely monitor our patients to make sure they are comfortable and relaxed.


One-on-One Consultation with an Expert Psychiatrist

A physician will begin by reviewing your medical records and consulting with you about your needs and preferences for treatment.

You will be asked some important questions.

Such as height, weight, age, and medical history as part of your treatment assessment. This information helps the physicians and medical staff prepare your treatment plan.

Ketamine infusions are administered on an outpatient basis.

Ketamine is administered through an IV, and the infusion lasts between 40-50 minutes.

Your treatment environment can have a large impact on your experience of the infusion.

Your clinician may lower the lights, offer an eye mask or aromatherapy, or take other measures to make the setting more comfortable. You might also choose some relaxing music to help you through the onset phase.

Ketamine is administered through an IV.

You will receive treatment in a private room, accompanied by a trained healthcare professional for the duration of the infusion. As the ketamine is delivered at a low and controlled dosage, your blood pressure, pulse and oxygen saturation will be monitored.

IV Ketamine therapy is fast-acting.

Although you remain aware of your surroundings, you will experience deep relaxation. It is important to enter each infusion with a positive mindset and a tranquil setting.

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Some patients may experience dizziness, nausea, dissociation or fatigue.

A complete list of possible side effects will be discussed with you prior to treatment. After a treatment session, it is important to have someone available to accompany you home safely.

Your mindset and emotional state before treatment can impact your experience of the infusion.

Prior to every ketamine infusion, we help our patients prepare intentions for their therapy. The stronger and clearer the intention, the more profound it may help the therapy to be.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, give us a call today at 1-877-847-3984. We are available 7 days a week.