Ketamine infusion therapy may be the answer for people suffering from the severe, persistent pain of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) or reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) that doesn’t resolve with conventional treatment. Board-certified nurse anesthetist Jacqueline Materi, APRN, CRNA, offers hope for CRPS/RSD patients seeking relief at Ketamine Care Clinic in Fargo and Bismarck, North Dakota. Call the office nearest you, or book an appointment online today to learn more about treating CRPS/RSD with ketamine infusion therapy.
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is chronic pain that lasts longer than six months and typically affects one of your limbs, such as an arm or leg. CRPS usually results from an injury, surgery, heart attacks, or stroke. The cause of CRPS isn’t completely understood, but it may be due to nervous system damage.
There are two main types of CRPS. The first type, CRPS-I, develops without a confirmed nerve injury. This type used to be called reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) syndrome. CRPS-II is associated with a known nerve injury.
When you have CRPS, the pain you experience exceeds the severity of the initial injury and may seem impossible to relieve. Sometimes, CRPS resolves with conventional treatments, like psychotherapy, physical therapy, and medications.
If these treatments don’t provide adequate relief, it may be time to consider ketamine infusion therapy. Studies show that a low dose of the anesthetic ketamine can significantly reduce or eliminate chronic pain from CRPS, even in patients who don’t respond to other treatments.
Ketamine acts as an N-Methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist, which means it blocks those receptors in your brain. The NMDA receptors are associated with increased sensitivity to pain (hyperalgesia), pain related to nervous system damage (neuropathic pain), and reduced function of your opioid receptors.
Currently, ketamine is the only potent NMDA antagonist available for clinical use. If you have CRPS, an intravenous infusion of this medication at Ketamine Care Clinic may offer effective relief.
First, your Ketamine Care Clinic provider evaluates your condition and performs a physical exam to make sure ketamine infusion therapy is right for you. Then, they develop an individualized treatment plan.
You receive ketamine infusion therapy at the clinic while you’re under the supervision of a board-certified nurse anesthetist. They insert an IV into your arm, which delivers a lower dose of ketamine than you would need for anesthesia. You remain awake during the infusion but may get drowsy as you relax in a comfortable chair.
You stay at Ketamine Care Clinic until any dizziness passes, but must have someone else drive you home.
Call Ketamine Care Clinic or book an appointment online today to find relief from CRPS and RSD.