If complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is stopping you from enjoying a pain-free life, Jessen Mukalel, MD, at InfusionMD can help. At his state-of-the-art clinic in The Woodlands, Texas, InfusionMD is a practice dedicated exclusively to ketamine infusion therapy. This groundbreaking treatment uses low doses of ketamine to treat a number of physical and psychological conditions, including CRPS. Call the office or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Q & A

What is CRPS?

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a specific form of chronic pain that often affects one arm or leg. It typically develops after an injury, stroke, heart attack, or surgery. The pain you feel can be constant and debilitating.

Experts don’t understand exactly why CRPS develops, but they do know that early intervention can dramatically improve or even eliminate your pain. Unfortunately, many CRPS cases aren’t diagnosed until the pain becomes severe, which is why it’s important to seek treatment right away if you think you may have this rare condition.

What are the symptoms of CRPS?

CRPS affects everybody differently, but some of the most common symptoms to watch out for are:

  • Joint pain
  • Stiff joints
  • Joint swelling
  • Decrease range of motion
  • Skin texture changes
  • Tenderness
  • Dramatic skin temperature changes
  • Burning pain
  • Throbbing pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Skin color changes

Because CRPS most often affects a single limb, you may notice your affected limb becoming cold and pale over time. If your skin starts to tighten, or your nails change in color, the condition might be irreversible.

How does ketamine infusion therapy treat CRPS?

Ketamine is a common anesthetic that’s used for both humans and animals. When used intravenously (IV), in small doses, ketamine changes the way the brain responds to pain signals and breaks the cycle of chronic pain. It gives the central nervous system a chance to recover and heal.

Some medical experts believe that CRPS may be caused by central nervous system changes, which can stimulate pain signals in your body. For example, if you stub your toe on your coffee table, it might hurt for a few minutes, but the pain eventually disappears. Unfortunately for those with CRPS, this minor pain can end up feeling extremely intense and severe.

Ketamine infusion therapy at InfusionMD actually blocks the NMDA receptor—a nerve cell receptor associated with pain—from firing and causing amplified pain. While some CRPS patients experience some relief with the first treatment, CRPS often requires more aggressive treatment. Dr. Mukalel at InfusionMD will customize a treatment plan to your specific needs.

If you’re struggling with CRPS pain, ketamine infusion therapy can help eliminate your pain at the source. Call InfusionMD or book a consultation online to learn more.

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