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Ketamine and Chronic Pain: Is There Finally a Cure for CRPS?

Our guest on this segment is Dr. Robert Schwartzman, professor and chair of the Department of Neurology at the Drexel University College of Medicine.

Over the past couple of years, Dr. Schwartzman and his colleagues in Germanyhave used ketamine to successfully treat patients suffering from the chronic pain disorder known as complex regional pain syndrome (CPRS).  This pioneering approach is not for the faint of heart.  Advanced CPRS patients are actually placed in a ketamine-induced coma for several days.  But the results have been dramatic – often allowing for a complete cure for what had previously been a totally disabling illness*.

Be sure to tune in to this fascinating interview where we discuss both the hard science of the human pain response as well as Dr. Schwartzman’s cutting-edge therapeutic approach to treating chronic pain.

* Be sure to also check out the CNN video coverage of this study.

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