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Ketamine is a anesthetic that can be used as a treatment for Reflex Sympathetic Dystophy (RSD).
RSD, also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), is an extremely painful disorder that may develop as a result of injury (most commonly), surgery or disease. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), RSD is "a chronic pain condition that is believed to be the result of dysfunction in the central or peripheral nervous systems." According to MedicineNet, RSD involves "irritation and abnormal excitation of nervous tissue, leading to abnormal impulses along nerves that affect blood vessels and skin."
This chronic pain will cause unexplained, intense pain in the part of the body that has been injured, and may alter sensation or reduce motion.
How does a ketamine infusion relieve RSD pain?
Many chronic pain syndromes, like RSD, are caused by up-regulation of NMDA receptors in the brain. Ketamine works as a NMDA receptor blocker, providing long-term pain relief. In chronic neuropathic pain syndromes, Ketamine can force the receptors to down regulate, effectively resetting them to normal levels. Think of it as “rebooting” the brain.
How is a ketamine infusion performed?
Ketamine treatment is performed as an out-patient procedure. An infusion with IV ketamine may be performed as a 2 – 4 day treatment. The patient is continually monitored by an anesthetist.
Is a ketamine treatment right for you?
Your doctor at Southeastern Interventional Pain Associates in Atlanta, Georgia, will review your medical history and complete a throughout exam. Ketamine infusion offers the highest success rates when a patient is properly diagnosed.
Please be advised that there is no guarantee that this procedure will provide the pain relief you need. The period of relief also varies greatly from patient to patient.
Call Southeastern Interventional Pain Associates in Atlanta at (770) 558-8501 to find out if a ketamine infusion treatment may be right to treat your pain.