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CRPS/ RSD

Military Matters Ketamine Clinic of Colorado

Ketamine Therapy Clinic located in Colorado Springs, CO

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), sometimes known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), is a chronic pain condition that is often challenging to treat. At Military Matters Ketamine Clinic of Colorado, the team of licensed anesthesiologists offers ketamine infusion therapy as an alternative treatment for CRPS for veterans living in or around Colorado Springs, Colorado. If you live with CRPS/RSD, call Military Matters Ketamine Clinic of Colorado or schedule a consultation online today to find out if ketamine therapy is right for you.

CRPS/ RSD Q & A

What is CRPS/RSD?

CRPS is a chronic pain condition that usually affects one of your limbs. Many patients describe CRPS pain as burning or squeezing. It can also cause uncomfortable pins and needles sensations in the limb. In addition to pain, CRPS can cause:

  • Changes to your skin texture
  • Abnormal sweating
  • Reduced hair and nail growth
  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Lost coordination
  • Abnormal movements or tremors

There are two categories of CRPS, Type I and Type II. Type I CRPS, which used to be known as RSD, doesn’t have an identifiable cause. CRPS II, on the other hand, usually follows an injury or illness that damages your central or peripheral nervous system.

When should I talk to a doctor about CRPS/RSD?

If you have pain that lasts for more than a couple of weeks, you should make an appointment with a doctor. Like many pain conditions, there isn’t a specific test to identify CRPS. Physicians need to run a variety of tests to rule out other diseases before diagnosing CRPS. 

How is CRPS/RSD treated?

The team at Military Matters Ketamine Clinic of Colorado uses ketamine infusion therapy to treat CRPS and other chronic pain conditions. The condition is often challenging to treat, as you might not have an identifiable injury or nerve damage. While conventional treatments like physical therapy and medication can help, ketamine infusion therapy often provides rapid relief.

Ketamine infusion therapy stimulates your nervous system, including glutamate production. Glutamate is a neurotransmitter that helps build and repair neural pathways, which improves your overall brain and nervous system function. This, in turn, can ease chronic pain brought on by nerve problems. 

What happens during a ketamine infusion treatment?

The team at Military Matters Ketamine Clinic of Colorado provides thorough exams and consultations to determine if ketamine infusion therapy is right for you. If they think ketamine infusions will relieve your pain, they create a customized treatment plan to address your needs. 

During your treatments, you rest in a comfortable chair while your provider administers your IV. They stay with you throughout your entire treatment, monitoring your vital signs and your response to the infusion. 

Some patients have floating sensations or mild hallucinations while they receive their infusion. These side effects disappear soon after your treatment is over. You might also feel tired or disoriented after your treatment and should have a friend or family member drive you home. 

If you have CRPS or another chronic pain condition that hasn’t responded to other treatments, call Military Matters Ketamine Clinic of Colorado or make an appointment online today.

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