Ketamine Treatment Benefits for CRPS
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a painful, debilitating neurological condition accounting for approximately 1.2% of the adult chronic pain population. Patients suffering from CRPS experience pain, impairment of motor function, limits in range of motion, and intense response to painful stimuli. Most patients suffering from CRPS experienced a traumatic injury, others developed symptoms spontaneously for no apparent reason. Many people with CRPS have experienced changes in their personal life as a result of the illness, from loss of jobs to strains on family relationships. Many have had to give up activities they love and develop anxiety and depression as a result of the long-term pain.
One of the reasons Ketamine is such an optimal treatment for CRPS is that it can reduce not only the pain symptoms, but also the depression frequently triggered by the syndrome. Typical treatments for CRPS include taking pain medication like opioids and taking anti-depressants. Opioids can result in long-term addiction, and anti-depressants have many negative side effects such as blurred vision, constipation, weight gain, headaches, nausea, and lack of ability to achieve erection or orgasm, just to name a few. Ketamine infusion treatments have very mild and short-lasting side effects and are non-addictive when administered in a medical setting.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain syndrome caused by dysfunction within either the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) or peripheral nervous system (nerve signaling to the rest of the body). CRPS causes prolonged or excessive pain and changes in skin color, temperature, and or swelling. Patients may or may not have confirmed nerve injury, and the symptoms may vary in severity and duration, with severe cases causing long-term disability.
The NMDA receptors and opioid receptors are thought to be implicated in neuropathic pain. Prolonged painful stimulus causes a release of glutamate, a neurotransmitter in the brain via the spinal cord. This release of glutamate stimulates the NMDA receptors which produces the feeling of pain. Ketamine effects the NMDA receptors and the opioid receptors. It is Ketamine’s ability to alter the way brain cells communicate and block the glutamate stimulation that gives it immediate, longer lasting, and more effective results than other forms of treatment, which are trying to balance the dopamine and serotonin chemicals in the brain. Ketamine simply resets the pain connections from the brain to the body, which decreases the pain.
Patients can feel relief from the pain, anxiety and depression caused by CRPS in just a few hours after their first low dosage of Ketamine. A February 2018 study published by the National Institute of Health showed the immediate pain relief from just one Ketamine infusion was 69%. That pain relief lasts an average of 3 months, with some receiving pain relief for up to 6 months. With average beneficial effects lost by 12 weeks, repeated treatments are recommended to maintain long-term pain relief.
Ketamine infusion treatments have very mild and short-lasting side effects and are non-addictive when administered in a medical setting. This is a safe, successful treatment and a great alternative to opioids and anti-depressants. Contact Ketamine Infusion Centers today for relief from your CRPS symptoms.