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Ketamine for CRPS Treatment

Ketamine for CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome)

Ketamine, once only known for its FDA-approved status as a useful anesthetic, has recently been found to be one of the biggest breakthroughs in the treatment of CRPS. When infused at a low dose into the bloodstream, IV ketamine treatments can bring about relief in up to 70% of patients who suffer from symptoms of chronic pain.

Read more to learn more about how Summit Ketamine Innovations in Parker, CO can help relieve your symptoms and give you the resources you need.

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What is CRPS?

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic neuro-inflammatory disorder, meaning pain that is greater than expected of the initial injury that caused it. The cause of CRPS is complex and not completely understood. However, we know that the neuro-pathways are disturbed, which results in increased inflammatory response, vascular dysfunction, and central nervous system changes.

Symptoms include:

  • Continuous burning or throbbing pain, normally in the hands, feet, arms, or legs… sometimes referred to as “pins and needles”
  • Swelling of the injured or painful area
  • Decreased mobility to move the affected area
  • Sensitivity to cold or touch
  • Changes to the skin and nail beds

How Does Ketamine Help with CRPS?

One benefit of ketamine over other treatments is the rapid onset of relief that ketamine offers. Research is still ongoing in terms of how ketamine helps treat those suffering from CRPS, but it is believed that ketamine helps to foster new connections between synapsis and restore damaged nerve connections.

This process is essentially a “rewiring” of the central nervous system. It is thought to block the receptors that have caused the CNS to go astray, allowing normal pathways to reassert themselves.

What Does This Mean For Me?

Ketamine can help decrease or lower the amount of pain you experience in everyday life. This allows you to lower or eliminate the number of narcotics that you are dependent on. After an initial series of treatments, you may go weeks or months without needing any further treatment.

One major benefit of ketamine is the rapid pace of relief that it offers, as opposed to traditional methods that could take up to days or weeks to begin feeling better. An additional benefit is ketamine also treats anxiety and depression, two well-known components of people suffering from chronic pain.

Please schedule an appointment today with Summit Ketamine Innovations to see if we can help you restore some quality back into your life utilizing Ketamine For CRPS Treatment.

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Additional Resources & Scientific Articles

Correll, Maleki et al. “Subanesthetic ketamine infusion therapy: a retrospective analysis of a novel therapeutic approach to complex regional pain syndrome.” Pain Medicine. 2004 Sep;5(3):263-75.
SUMMARY: This article reviewed 33 cases of patients with CRPS that were treated with Ketamine infusion. The patients received a prolonged low dose infusion of ketamine, on average 10-20mg/hr over 2-4 days. 76% of patients experienced complete pain relief after the first course of treatment. Pain relief lasted at least three months for most patients. Adding a second course of treatment allowed over 50% to be pain free for over a year. One patient had to discontinue additional treatments after the first infusion after developing elevated liver enzymes. These did normalize after treatment was stopped.

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