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Ketamine for CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome)

Ketamine, once only known for its FDA-approved status as a useful anesthetic, has recently been found to be one of the biggest breakthroughs in the treatment of CRPS. When infused at a low dose into the bloodstream, IV ketamine treatments can bring about relief in up to 80% of patients who suffer from symptoms of chronic pain.

Read more to learn more about how Advanced Wellness and Pain in Scottsdale, AZ can help relieve your chronic pain symptoms and give you the resources you need.

The brain before and after ketamine therapy

What is CRPS?

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic neuro-inflammatory disorder, meaning pain that is greater than expected of the initial injury that caused it. The cause of CRPS is complex and not completely understood. However, we know that the neuro-pathways are disturbed, which results in an increased inflammatory response, vascular dysfunction, and central nervous system changes.

Symptoms include:

  • Continuous burning or throbbing pain, normally in the hands, feet, arms, or legs… sometimes referred to as “pins and needles”
  • Swelling of the injured or painful area
  • Decreased mobility to move the affected area
  • Sensitivity to cold or touch
  • Changes to the skin and nail beds
 

How Does Ketamine Help with CRPS?

One benefit of ketamine over other treatments is the rapid onset of relief that ketamine offers. Research is still ongoing in terms of how ketamine helps treat those suffering from CRPS, but it is believed that ketamine helps to foster new connections between synapsis and restore damaged nerve connections.

This process is essentially a “rewiring” of the central nervous system. It is thought to block the receptors that have caused the CNS to go astray, and allow normal pathways to reassert themself.

What Does This Mean For Me?

Ketamine can help decrease or lower the amount of pain you experience in everyday life. This allows you to lower or eliminate the number of narcotics that you are dependent on. After an initial series of treatments, you may go weeks or months without needing any further treatment.

One major benefit of ketamine for chronic pain treatment is the rapid pace of relief that it offers, as opposed to traditional methods that could take up to days or weeks to begin feeling better. An additional benefit is ketamine also treats anxiety and depression, two well-known components of people suffering from chronic pain.

Please schedule an appointment today with Advanced Wellness and Pain to see if we can help you restore some quality back into your life utilizing Ketamine For CRPS Treatment.

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James T. Leathem, DO

Dr. James Leathem is a board-certified anesthesiologist and a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He was born and raised in Connecticut and graduated from Florida Southern College with a bachelor of science in marketing management with minors in sociology and communications. He obtained his medical degree from Midwestern University’s Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency in anesthesiology at Michigan State University and its affiliated McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital.

In 2015, after residency, Dr. Leathem returned to Arizona to practice anesthesiology. He joined Red Mountain Anesthesiologists and worked primarily at Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa, performing 100% of his own cases. He was made partner in the group after demonstrating 3 years of anesthesia excellence and administering over 4,000 anesthetics. In 2019, a corporate change occurred and an opportunity presented itself in which he was able to transition out of the hospital to surgery center and clinic-based anesthesia.

Dr. Leathem realizes that the only constant in life is change. In 2020, amidst the global pandemic, his career took a different direction. This change led him to collaborate with Dr. Wong and Dr. Sharma and they founded Advanced Wellness and Pain (AWAP). Their mission is to provide a variety of state-of-the-art procedural services that improve patients’ quality of life and overall physical and mental well-being.

Dr. Leathem believes that we are all a work in progress and that each day, one should strive to make positive changes in their life. He is here to help empower each patient on their journey to be their best self and live their best life. When you are being cared for by Dr. Leathem, you can be assured that he will give you his undivided attention and time.

Gregory Wong, MD

Dr. Wong is a Board-Certified Anesthesiologist and a member of both the American Society of Anesthesiology and the Arizona Society of Anesthesiology. He did his undergraduate training at the University of California at Davis, Davis, California; doctorate training at The University of Health Sciences of the Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, IL; and his post-doctoral training at the Integrated Program at the University of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ. He has spent his whole 24-year career practicing in Arizona.

Dr. Wong grew up in the Bay Area of California. He is married and is raising three daughters. At the early age of 12 years old, he knew he wanted to become a physician. His love of the human spirit, intrigue of human physiology, and compassion for human suffering led him to the path of anesthesiology and pain medicine.

Today, Dr. Wong realizes patients need a holistic biophysical-mental-spiritual care. This philosophy has brought him to the studies of regenerative medicine and infusion therapies. He has firsthandily witnessed the overwhelming success of these therapies for treating chronic pain and depression and the return of patients of “life-functionality.”

“There has never been a time more important than now to advocate for our patients in these difficult times. We owe it to our patients to offer these state-of-the-art treatment modalities that weren’t available before.”

Deepak Sharma, MD, MBA

Dr. Sharma is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist and a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He completed three degrees at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA: a Bachelor in Finance, a Master in Business Administration, and a Doctor of Medicine. He went on to complete residency at the Mount Sinai Morningside-West Hospital System in New York, NY and post-graduate fellowship at Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto, CA.

Dr. Sharma is committed to treating his patients as a whole with a comprehensive biophysical-mental-spiritual approach. He is a lifelong learner and is constantly researching cutting-edge therapies backed by scientific studies. He has taken a particular interest in regenerative and infusion therapies after witnessing firsthand their significant benefits on those suffering from chronic pain and depression. In his free time, Dr. Sharma enjoys spending time with his family and friends, hiking, traveling, reading, and meditation.