CRPS Conference in Chicago Attracting Doctors and Nurses

CRPS Conference in Chicago Attracting Doctors and Nurses

by Ed Coghlan

Dozens of doctors and nurses who treat CRPS are heading to Chicago on October 22nd for what may be an important step in the treatment of CRPS.

The meeting may result in the development of a reference protocol to treat CRPS with Ketamine, something that doesn’t currently exist.

For these medical providers, there’s another reason to attend. They can earn CME credits and contact hours. RSDSA executive vice president Jim Broatch pointed that physicians care earn a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category Credits while nurses can earn a maximum of 6.25 credit hours.

That’s an additional reason to attend. Interest in the event, which is sponsored by the RSDSA, is increasing.

“We hope that our faculty and attendees can agree upon a protocol to treat CRPS. The next step is to find a funder to conduct a clinical trial,” Broatch told the National Pain Report. “Ketamine works but insurers too often have refused to pay for it because deem it an experimental therapy.”

For CRPS survivors like Katie O’Leary of Los Angeles, the Chicago event holds out hope. O’Leary who was injured playing sports in college has suffered from CRPS for several years and recently has been treated with Ketamine at USC.

“We need to standardize the use of Ketamine at more hospitals all over the country, and not just a few states. If we can spread awareness and share the current research with doctors everywhere – they can not only educate themselves on rare neuropathic disorders, but also offer new solutions or research. Fresh eyes always help when it comes to scientific research. More research means more hope for patients like me – who want to be able to travel home and be unafraid of the consequences. We need to share the benefits of ketamine treatments to more states, so that all the patients who suffer in silence – can finally be heard.”

“Patients are quite desperate,” said Dr. Peter Moskovitz, a board certified orthopedic surgeon who is chair of the RSDSA. “This meeting in Chicago is important to create a real starting point in getting agreement on how to use ketamine to treat CRPS.”

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition most often affecting one of the limbs (arms, legs, hands, or feet), usually after an injury or trauma to that limb.  CRPS is believed to be caused by damage to, or malfunction of, the peripheral and central nervous systems.

Here’s a link to the conference.

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Authored by: Ed Coghlan

There are 5 comments for this article
  1. Paula Sorrentino at 5:16 am

    Thank you, I will look into it today.
    Have a good day
    I will let you know how it goes
    Paula

  2. BABs at 7:52 pm

    Paula Sorrentino
    The Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC was looking for CRPS/RSD patients for a pain study that my pain dr said would involve Ketamine or placebo. You might want to give them a call and see if they are still looking for individuals to participate.

  3. DW at 3:24 pm

    I just looked into ketamine infusions at Rush Pain Chicago.
    3 days of 3 hr infusions
    for $3000. I was told no medicare or insurance pays for it.
    Ketamine research & protocols should cover all types of chronic neuropathic pain.

  4. Paula Sorrentino at 3:20 pm

    I have been living with RSD for 16+ years, and have had Sympathetic Nerve Blocks a Trial Spinal Cord Stimulator which was a failure and now I live on Pain Medications and Nerve Blocks. I live in NJ but go into NY for Pain Management and Ketamine is not offered in this part of the country. I wish I was given the option to try it. I have friends that have been treated with it and some it helps and some it doesn’t, but I would like to be given the opportunity to try it out for myself. I would love to be able to say my Pain is at a “5” instead of living with an 8 or 9 on a daily basis

  5. Robbie Billig at 7:55 am

    I have RSD and have had it for eleven years !!!
    I first started with Sympathic Nerve blocks for 8 years.
    The steroids were starting other problems and no working as well.
    My pain management doctor called me and said they had a new treatment.
    Ketamine infusions, well they have given me some of my life back.
    Hardly any pain, and a can function like a real person.
    I still have a few flares but nothing like two years ago.
    Good Luck !!!