CRPS Specialist

Austin Ketamine Specialists

Ketamine Infusion Clinic located in Austin, TX

Extreme pain that is out of proportion to an original injury, known as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), can leave one in agony. CRPS can make performing daily tasks a painful struggle, affecting your mood and your overall outlook. Ketamine offers a safe, effective option for CRPS pain. The caring team at Austin Ketamine Specialists have the training and expertise to relieve your pain so you can function and enjoy a more positive outlook on life. To schedule an initial consultation, call the Austin, Texas, office today, or book online.

CRPS Q&A

What is complex regional pain syndrome?

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) involves chronic pain that arises after an injury, usually to an arm or leg. It occurs because of nerve damage that results in amplified pain response in the area. 

When you experience CRPS pain, it feels much worse than the original injury. CRPS pain may emerge spontaneously, or it may occur in response to a stimulus. Even a mild stimulus such as a gentle touch can cause intense pain when you have CRPS. 

CRPS-I refers to cases where the location of the nerve damage remains unidentified. CRPS-II describes cases in which a physician has identified the specific nerve injury. If you have CRPS-II, you might have more extensive injuries and nerve damage.  

What are the symptoms of CRPS?

Common CRPS symptoms include:

  • Intense continuous or spontaneous pain in the arm, leg, hand, or foot
  • Burning or throbbing pain
  • Swelling 
  • Sensitivity to touch or cold
  • Changes in skin temperature, color, or texture
  • Joint stiffness
  • Muscle weakness, spasm, or tremors
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Decreased movement in the area

In severe cases, CRPS can lead to muscle atrophy or excessive bone growth in the injured area.

How does ketamine help with CRPS?

Researchers believe that CRPS causes changes in your central nervous system, amplifying nerve signals from sensations that normally wouldn’t create a strong pain response. Ketamine, which has been used safely as an anesthetic since the early 1960s, affects N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors in the brain. Ketamine blocks pain signals from the central nervous system, so they never reach the areas of the brain that interprets them. If pain signals don’t reach these areas, you won’t experience the sensation as pain.

What should I expect from ketamine infusion therapy?

During an infusion, ketamine gradually enters your bloodstream via an IV port inserted in your arm. You relax comfortably throughout the 40-60 minute infusion and remain at the clinic to rest for another 30 minutes.

You must arrange for someone else to drive you home after your treatment at Austin Ketamine Specialists. Ideally, plan to leave your schedule open after your appointment if possible, so you can take things easy for the rest of the day. 

Although rare, some patients may experience mild nausea or headaches after an infusion. These side effects typically subside within a few hours. 

Ketamine therapy can free you from CRPS pain. To schedule a consultation, call Austin Ketamine Specialists, or request a complimentary consultation online today.