Living with intense, chronic pain results in a poor quality of life. For those experiencing constant limb pain from complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), Dr. Douglas Kornreich administers Ketamine infusions at his Rye Brook, New York, clinic to block pain receptors to lessen nerve sensitivity, enabling your body to heal itself. There is no cure for CRPS, but there are ways to manage the pain and nerve sensitivity efficiently. To schedule an evaluation, contact KetaMed Health & Wellness today for an appointment to start improving the quality of your life.
Complex regional pain syndrome, previously called reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome, is an intense pain typically involving an arm or leg.
It’s caused by increased levels of nerve impulses going to one area of the body, generally occurring after surgery, an injury, heart attack, or stroke. The pain resulting from CRPS is not in proportion to the original injury.
This dysfunction in the peripheral or central nervous system is most common in people age 20-35 and can also develop in children. Women are more likely to have CRPS than men. The condition may occur following an injury or may be the result of other conditions affecting the nervous system.
High emotional stress levels may also exacerbate CRPS.
Complex regional pain syndrome can be treated. Early treatment is demonstrably the most effective method for reducing pain levels, and some patients may even achieve remission.
Symptoms vary in type and severity. Pain typically worsens rather than getting better over time. If CRPS develops after an injury, the severity of the pain may be disproportionate to the severity of the injury. Other symptoms may include:
Ketamine works to block the pain receptors that send your brain pain messages, allowing these sensitive receptors of pain to heal themselves, lose their sensitivity, and help you gain mobility and function previously restricted by pain.
Complex regional pain syndrome, which is not responsive to opioids and other pain medications, may respond to Ketamine infusions. Preliminary research indicates that Ketamine infusion treatment provides effective pain relief to patients with CRPS.