Chronic Pain Management
What is Chronic Pain?
Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome or CRPS is a neuroinflammatory disorder. Although considered rare, it affects hundreds of thousands of individuals in the US each year. It most commonly affects one limb after an injury but can occur in other parts of the body. Surgery, infections and even heart attacks may cause CPRS. CRPS pain is characterized as constant, extremely intense, and out of proportion to the original injury. The pain may be accompanied by changes in skin color, temperature, and/or swelling. CRPS is considered to be one of the most painful forms of chronic pain that exists today.
There are two types of Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome although often there may an overlap between the two types:
Type 1: Originally known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)- It occurs after an illness or injury that didn't directly damage the nerves in your affected limb. The majority of CRPS fall into Type 1.
Type 2: Originally known as Causalgia- this occurs from a direct injury to a nerve.
What are the most common treatments for CRPS?
Conventional therapies and treatments for CRPS include:
Sympathetic nerve blocks
Surgical sympathectomy to destroy nerves triggering CRPS symptoms
Intrathecal drug pumps to deliver pain-relieving medication into spinal fluid
Spinal cord stimulation
Narcotics and other prescription pain relievers
What is Ketamine for Chronic Pain?
Ketamine infusions are safe and efficacious treatments for managing chronic pain in outpatient settings. It is
a viable alternative to most conventional treatments and can be used in the treatments of extreme physical pain in conditions such as Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) and other Neuropathic Pain Syndromes.
Unlike traditional medicines used for the treatment of chronic pain such as opioids, which are highly addictive and actually make patients MORE sensitive to pain over time, Ketamine has been shown to be highly effective with promising results. Ketamine therapy helps reset the brain and decrease pain signals which then restores normal processing of pain in the brain to provide long-term relief.
It has also been shown that treatment with Ketamine results in the re-growth of neurons (nerve cells) in the brain that have been damaged and cause symptoms of chronic pain.
Which treatment works best?
At KetaTherapy our goal is to help alleviate the devastating symptoms of CPRS and other chronic pain syndromes. The type of treatment must be individualized. One type of therapy may work for one person and not another.
At KetaTherapy we offer all the conventional treatments mentioned, as well as Ketamine Infusion Therapy. Dr. Hertz has been treating pain patients for over 25 years.
Dr. Hertz also treats patients for Fibromyalgia, Facial Pain, and Neuropathic Pain. Only after your consultation with Dr. Hertz, will we know the best plan for the treatment of your chronic pain.
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