Ketamine relief for Chronic Pain

Over 600 million Americans suffer from Chronic Pain every year, it results in sick days, on going costs and debilitating psychological effects. For many of the afflicted current medications simply aren’t working, but a new treatment Ketamine IV Infusions has proven to provide rapid and highly effective relief of symptoms.

What is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?

Complex Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition usually affecting one limb (arm, foot, hand etc) and more often than not occurs after an injury. A chronic pain condition is one which lasts longer than six months, and over 600 million Americans are thought to suffer from it every year.

The National Institute of Neurological disorders and Stroke states that: ‘CRPS is characterized by prolonged or excessive pain and changes in skin color, temperature, and/or swelling in the affected area’ CRPS is also believed to be caused by damage or malfunction of the nervous systems in the body and can be one of two types. CRPS-II was previously referred to as reflex sympathetic dystrophy and CRPS-II which was previously causaligia :

  • CRPS-I : when the patient does not have a confirmed nerve injury
  • CRPS-II : when the patient has an associated confirmed nerve injury
    Symptoms of CRPS vary considerably between cases in severity as well as duration, and in some mild cases may eventually stop. For those patients who are not so lucky there are treatments available.

Examples of Treatments

  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy : Specific exercises can be recommended to keep the affected area moving and improve the blood flow, they will also aid with flexibility, strength and function. Exercising the area can also help with any damage or changes to the brain which are associated with chronic pain
  • Psychotherapy : CRPS is also associated with damaging psychological symptoms not only for the sufferer but also their families. It can lead patients to develop depression, anxiety or post traumatic stress disorder; all of which can exacerbate the original symptoms. Any treatment for CRPS must also look out for and treat these secondary conditions should they occur.
  • Medications : There are many medications that can be used to treat CRPS including corticosteroids, botulinum toxin injections, opiods and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (aspirin, ibuprofen etc). However no one medication is currently approved by the FDA to treat CRPS and no specific combination of drugs treats every individual effectively.
  • Ketamine Infusion : Ketamine has recently shown to be effective in reducing or completely removing chronic pain symptoms from CRPS even in patients whose symptoms have not responded to previous treatment

What is Ketamine ?

Ketamine is a drug which was first synthesized in 1962 and has been widely used ever since, primarily as an anaesthetic. The World Health Organisation classifies it as an “essential medicine” meaning “it should be available at all times in adequate amounts for health care needs” .

In brief, ketamine is a acts on specific areas of the brain which cause CPRS and actively works to improve the affected areas. It has been shown to provide effective and rapid relief from symptoms. For a more in depth look at the specifics our article Ketamine as a new treatment for depression goes into more detail as to exactly what ketamine is and how it functions.

Results of Ketamine treatments at Kalimera Clinic

  • A 90-95% success rate, compared with a national average of 60-70%
  • An adverse reaction rate of 5%, compared with a national average of 50-60%
  • 70% of patients experience relief of symptoms after the first infusion
  • Patients experience 90-95% relief of symptoms after the recommended 4-6 infusions over a mere 2-3 weeks

In summery, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome can be debilitating, isolating and have further impacts on a patient beyond the obvious pain. Unfortunately it can also be difficult to treat or resistant to treatment. Ketamine Infusion is a new treatment which can give sufferers relief from their symptoms after 1 treatment.

If you suffer or think you suffer from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and want to find out more try visiting for information:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

OrthoInfo from the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons

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