Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Treatments
If you or someone you know is suffering from complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), then you know the nerve pain can be persistent, debilitating, and reduce one’s enjoyment of life. You have also probably tried several methods of pain management only to discover most are ineffective, cost too much, or produce unwanted side-effects. But don’t give up hope of finding a solution just yet. At Florida Mind Health Center, we offer a new, alternative treatment for CRPS called ketamine infusion therapy.
Intravenous (IV) ketamine has been used for years to treat depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but the drug’s benefits for acute pain management have in recent years become widely acknowledged in the medical community, especially for the treatment of CRPS. Our ketamine therapy clinic in Gainesville, FL, is on the cutting-edge of using ketamine infusions for chronic pain management. Schedule a consultation to learn how this innovative treatment could reduce your pain.
Ketamine For Chronic Pain From CRPS
Ketamine is an anesthetic drug that induces a temporary loss of sensation, awareness or pain. The clinical applications of ketamine vary based on the dosage. In ketamine infusion therapy for acute pain management, only small, subanesthetic doses are used over a prolonged period. Whereas scientific studies of other pharmacologic treatments for CRPS (conventional analgesics, nerve blockers, anti-neuropathic pain medications) have produced disappointing results, ketamine infusions have been found to reduce pain for several weeks.
Other benefits of ketamine are its versatility. Ketamine can be combined with different pain medications to create a balanced therapeutic approach that complements your body’s chemistry. Additionally, the pain-relieving effects of ketamine can positively impact your physical recovery, such as making it easier for you to do physical therapy, exercise, or athletics.
What Is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is chronic nerve pain, usually caused by an injury, that lasts for more than six months and most often affects one limb (such as the arm, hand, leg, or foot). The cause of CRPS is believed to be either a malfunction (type I) or damage from trauma (type II) to the central and peripheral nervous systems — these control nerve signals between the brain and spinal cord and between those organs and the rest of the body, respectively.
Symptoms of CRPS range from acute, prolonged, and excessive pain to swelling and changes in body temperature or skin color — and all of these are targeted at one or more limbs or areas on the body. CRPS is also often considered a refractory or intractable condition, meaning it has no cure but rather can be only managed through therapy. However, in recent years, ketamine has been proven effective as one of them.
What Is The Cost Of Ketamine Infusion Therapy For CRPS?
At Florida Mind Health Center, we understand the symptoms of CRPS are complex and vary from one person to another. That is why our ketamine clinic in Gainesville offers personalized solutions for every patient. We take the time to learn about your symptoms before creating a therapeutic approach designed for your chronic pain and budget. Overall, ketamine infusion therapy is a more cost-effective treatment for acute pain management than many alternatives; not to mention, it also has fewer risky side-effects. If you would like to learn whether ketamine infusions are right for your condition, please contact us today.