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CRPS Specialist

Ascend Wellness MBS

Ketamine Infusion Therapy & Anesthesiology located in Minot, ND

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is an unusual disorder that causes intense and persistent pain in an arm or leg. If you have symptoms of CRPS, Melinda Howe, APRN, CRNA, at Ascend Wellness MBS in Minot, North Dakota, can help. Melinda uses ketamine infusion therapy to help patients with CRPS manage their chronic pain even when other treatments don't work. To find out how you can benefit from treatment at Ascend Wellness MBS, call their office or book an appointment online today.


What is CRPS?

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic condition that causes persistent pain in your arms and hands or legs and feet. It typically begins in a limb with an injury, such as a fracture, and eventually spreads and causes increasingly distressing symptoms.

The reason why some people develop CPRS isn't clear, but it seems likely that it involves damage to your nervous system resulting from an injury. CRPS can also occur after surgery, or if you have a stroke or heart attack. Anyone can get CRPS, but it’s more likely to affect women.

What are the symptoms of CRPS?

CRPS symptoms may include:

  • Inflammation and swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Muscle weakness and spasms
  • Changes in skin color or temperature
  • Burning or throbbing pain
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Hair, nail, and skin texture changes in the affected limb
  • Loss of function

CRPS progresses through several stages. If your condition reaches an advanced stage, treatment is far more difficult, so early intervention is vital.

As there's no test for CRPS, you need to see a specialist in chronic pain for an accurate diagnosis and treatment recommendations.

How is CRPS treated?

There's no cure for CRPS, but several treatments can help you manage your condition, such as:

  • Heat therapy
  • Capsaicin cream
  • Lidocaine cream or patches
  • Physical therapy
  • Medications
  • Occupational therapy
  • Mirror therapy
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Biofeedback
  • Acupuncture
  • Pain management therapy
  • Counseling
  • Nerve blocks

These methods are more likely to be helpful if you begin your treatment at an early stage. Patients whose pain doesn't respond might need to consider an implantable device such as a spinal cord stimulator, dorsal root ganglion stimulator, or a pain pump. 

However, Ascend Wellness MBS offers an alternative for treatment-resistant CRPS with ketamine infusion therapy.

How does ketamine help with CRPS?

Ketamine is an anesthetic drug used in surgery. Research shows it also has a positive effect on the symptoms of CRPS and other chronic pain conditions, most likely because of its effects on nerve function and signaling.

Ascend Wellness MBS has a fully-equipped intravenous (IV) infusion suite staffed by experts in anesthesiology. You rest in comfort while the ketamine enters your body along a catheter (flexible plastic tube) that goes into an arm vein.

The session lasts around 40-60 minutes, then you stay for a while under observation to ensure you experience no adverse effects. Ketamine infusion therapy can significantly reduce CRPS pain for three weeks and possibly longer. 

Working with your pain management specialist, Ascend Wellness MBS arranges the appropriate number of ketamine sessions for you.

To find out more about ketamine for CRPS, call Ascend Wellness MBS today or book an appointment online.