Ketamine Pain Treatments: CRPS & RSD
Discover the benefits of Ketamine for Pain Treatment
Managing chronic pain and the debilitating symptoms associated with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) can be a challenge. While conventional 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.
Ketamine infusion therapy is a viable treatment option for managing chronic pain symptoms and may be especially effective for patients who have become resistant to narcotics and other pain-relieving treatments.
Understanding CRPS or RSD
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), formerly known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) is a rare and progressive condition that affects a single limb but then spreads to other parts of the body. It usually develops after an injury 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.
Treatment Options for CRPS or RSD
Getting relief from persistent pain and discomfort is the primary goal of CRPS treatment since there currently is 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 help to relieve symptoms in the short-term, but are not without their side effects. Conventional 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 Infusions
Ketamine Therapy for CRPS
Ketamine therapy offers promising results for pain sufferers and may be a viable alternative to most conventional treatments for CRPS. Ketamine works by resetting the central nervous system’s sensitization to pain, thereby providing relief. Unlike opiates 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.
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.
Get Ketamine Infusion Therapy for 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.