Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) can cause severe pain in a leg or arm and often deteriorates into a disabling, chronic condition. If you have any symptoms of CRPS and live near Willoughby, Ohio, David Demangone, MD, can help. Dr. Demangone is a distinguished anesthesiologist and pain management specialist providing expert chronic pain therapies, including ketamine infusions. Call the practice today to find out more or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool.
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition that typically affects an arm or a leg. The cause of CRPS isn’t completely clear, but it seems to be a problem with the nervous system.
In most cases, CRPS develops following some kind of injury or trauma to the affected limb, such as:
The reason why some people develop CRPS when most people don’t isn’t known, but there could be a genetic link.
When you have CRPS, the initial symptoms are burning pain and a pins and needles feeling. This could start in your hand or foot, then spread up your arm or leg. The pain can sometimes spread further, for example into your other arm.
You’re likely to notice a change in the color and temperature of your skin and develop a condition called allodynia that makes even the slightest touch feel painful. Some patients experience other problems as well, including hair and nail changes, abnormal sweating, or difficulties moving the affected limb.
The pain of CRPS is often severe and disabling. The condition isn’t curable, but there’s an increasing number of effective treatment options to help you manage your CRPS. Dr. Demangone has specialist expertise in treating patients who have CRPS and can discuss the options with you.
Initial CRPS treatments typically involve a combination of physical therapies and medications. Many patients also benefit from undergoing talking therapy to help them with problems like depression and anxiety that often accompany CRPS.
Patients who don’t respond to these initial therapies could undergo other forms of treatment, including nerve block injections that numb the affected limb. Other options include implantable devices such as a pain pump that contains medication, or a spinal cord stimulator that interferes with the pain signals.
Dr. Demangone also offers ketamine infusion therapy for patients who have CRPS. Ketamine is a drug whose primary use is as an anesthetic, but it’s also proving to be very effective in treating chronic pain, even when other therapies aren’t working.
The infusion process involves Dr. Demangone administering the ketamine via an intravenous (IV) drip, so the drug goes straight into your bloodstream. Some patients find almost immediate relief from their pain after ketamine infusion therapy.
If you have any symptoms of CRPS, call David Demangone, MD, today to schedule an appointment or book using the online tool.