CRPS

IV Ketamine Relieves Pain Fast

What is CRPS?

According to the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association (RSDSA), roughly 200,000 US adults are diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) per year.

CRPS usually affects a specific limb after an injury or surgery, and the pain that occurs is out of proportion to the actual injury. It’s an uncommon condition that medical experts are still working hard to decipher completely. It is recommended to start treatment early to ease the symptoms.

At Ketamine Wellness Institute, we want to help you find relief from the pain this condition brings you. With our innovative treatments, you don’t have to endure the sting or burning sensations every day. Reach out today to learn more about the wellness we can help you find.

Sudden Pain

Sudden pain is a burning or ‘pins and needles’ sensation commonly associated with CRPS. In time, the pain can spread from the affected area and soon encompass most of the limb – it’s even known to spring up on the same spot on the opposite limb, although this is very rare. This “mirror pain,” as it’s come to be called, may indicate a connection to spinal cord neurons.

Impaired Muscle Strength

Although CRPS does not directly injure nerve fibers that control muscle movement, many with CRPS report having a reduced ability to move body parts affected by their condition. Research indicates that pain in the sensory inputs that coordinate our movements cause this. Additionally, in some rare cases, patients report abnormal movement in their limbs, abnormal posture (dystonia), or even tremors in movement.

Excess Bone Growth

X-ray imaging has revealed that bones receiving signals from CRPS-affected limbs can sometimes be affected by the condition. Fortunately, the right treatments can pinpoint where the damage has occurred and try different treatment options to reduce the bone damage or growth. Additionally, enlarged areas of bone – perhaps a result of an injury that hasn’t healed – can irritate the symptoms of CRPS.

The Science Behind IV Ketamine

How It Works

Ketamine has been used worldwide for decades both as a safe anesthetic and rapid pain reliever. Research in the last two decades indicates that ketamine, administered safely via a series of infusions, may relieve the symptoms of depression or other mental health conditions within hours. This is compared to the weeks or months oral antidepressants may take before relief is felt.

Researchers are still looking to determine the exact method of action with IV ketamine infusions. One theory proposes that it stimulates the regrowth of synapses – effectively “rewiring” the brain.

Another promising avenue of research into its effects indicates that it acts on glutamate, an important neurotransmitter that affects how synapses change and learn. This is called neuroplasticity: the ability of the brain to change and learn. This could explain ketamine’s strong effect on mood and pain disorders.

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How IV Ketamine Can Help

The symptoms of CRPS can be difficult to cope with and affect your daily life, but treatment is possible.

Ketamine has been used as a trusted anesthetic and pain reliever for decades and is now a powerful treatment for chronic pain conditions.

By interacting with the NMDA receptor in the nervous system and other receptors, ketamine can impact the amounts of pain you experience.

Additionally, ketamine is known to help treat some of the other side effects associated with chronic pain, like depression or fatigue.

Take back control of your life with IV ketamine therapy. Contact us at Ketamine Wellness Institute today to learn more.

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