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.
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:
Traditionally, chronic regional pain syndrome may be treated with:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.