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.