According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is “a chronic (lasting greater than six months) pain condition that most often affects one limb (arm, leg, hand, or foot) usually after an injury.”
Also sometimes referred to as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), CRPS is categorized into two types:
CRPS-I occurs after any form of trauma, particularly a fracture or soft tissue lesion.
An apparently trivial injury, such as a fractured or sprained ankle, has occurred, but with no confirmed nerve damage
CRPS-II occurs as a result of nerve damage. This may emerge after breaking a bone, having surgery, or after a serious infection.
It is estimated that 200,000 people in the US have been diagnosed with CRPS.
CRPS is incredibly painful, debilitating, and impacts every area of a person’s life. Growing research suggests ketamine infusion therapy can provide immense relief for people suffering with CRPS.
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