Ketamine for CRPS Treatment
Looking for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) treatment in Pasadena, CA? CRPS is a chronic neuro-inflammatory disorder that affects a specific limb after an injury due to damage to the nervous system. The pain caused by CRPS is often out of proportion with the initial injury. The initial injury is usually a musculoskeletal or nerve injury.
How Does Ketamine Help CRPS?
Ketamine blocks glutamate, and by doing so, it not only decreases pain from CRPS, but it also decreases the central sensitization that develops in the disorder. This is why ketamine can bring weeks and months of relief after multiple infusions.
What Is CRPS?
CRPS is a chronic neuro-inflammatory disorder that affects a specific limb after an injury due to damage to the nervous system. The pain caused by CRPS is often out of proportion with the initial injury. The initial injury is usually a musculoskeletal or nerve injury.
CRPS is not very common and research into it is still ongoing, but treatment has proven very effective when started early on. Up to 200,000 individuals suffer from CRPS each year.
Although CRPS is primarily a physical disorder, it is not unheard of for medical professionals to suggest that patients may be unknowingly exaggerating their CRPS pain for psychological reasons.
What Are The Symptoms Of CRPS?
Unsurprisingly, the most common symptoms of CRPS is severe chronic pain in a burning or “pins and needles” sensation throughout the limb where the injury occurred. In rarer cases, the pain has been known to spread across the entire limb, regardless of if the initial injury affected just a finger or toe. The affected area may also experience allodynia, which means that any contact with the skin at all can be quite painful.
Other symptoms may include:
- Sensitivity to cold
- Swelling of the affected area
- Changes in skin temperature, color, or texture
- Joint swelling or stiffness
- Muscle spasms or tremors
What Causes CRPS?
What exactly causes CRPS is not entirely understood, but it is thought to be caused by an injury to or an abnormality of the peripheral and central nervous systems. CRPS most often is a result of trauma or an injury.
Is Ketamine The Treatment You Have Been Looking For?
Are you or someone you know suffering from CRPS? Contact Southern California Infusion Therapy and schedule your free consultation to find out if Ketamine Treatment for CRPS is a viable option for you.
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