One option that we have available to our patients is Ketamine Infusions. Surgeons have been using Ketamine for years as an anesthetic for people and animals. However, in recent years research has shown that it can be used in many other helpful ways. For example, mental health providers have begun to use it to help those suffering from depression that has not responded to previous treatments. And for our chronic pain sufferers, researchers have found that it can deliver relief to those suffering from certain types of chronic pain.
How Does it Work?
Ketamine Infusions work by blocking pain receptors in the brain and resetting some nerve cells in your spine and brain. While Ketamine is shown to work for chronic pain, it may not work on your specific type of chronic pain. We use Ketamine to treat the following conditions:
- Migraines and other headache disorders
- Central nervous system pain arising from fibromyalgia, genetic disorders, and brain injuries
- Peripheral nerve pain conditions such as neuropathies, neuralgias, and spinal pain
- Pain arising from musculoskeletal disorders or mixed pain states such as pelvic pain, rheumatologic pain, and gastrointestinal pain.
- Complex regional pain syndrome and neuroinflammatory disorders respond well to ketamine therapy in many patients.
Patients who decide to use Ketamine treatment are very pleased because the results are much longer-lasting than when compared with other types of chronic pain treatments. Depending on your type of pain you may feel relief for days, weeks, or even months.
Receiving Ketamine Treatments
When you come into the office for a Ketamine Treatment, our staff will administer it through an intravenous (IV) line. The infusion takes an average of two hours for chronic pain patients. If you have treatment-resistant pain, your sessions may be longer. Sometimes, we administer other types of medication alongside the ketamine. These drugs can help improve your degree of pain relief and/or reduce any potential side effects. With Ketamine infusions, there is nearly no chance for addiction under the supervision of a professional due to the patient receiving small doses during the infusions. While patients will build a tolerance, that tolerance will decrease quickly over time. In addition to treating your pain, Ketamine can also help you reduce your reliance on pain relief drugs.
Consider Ketamine Infusions
Ketamine Infusions are a great option for those who are living with chronic pain. You don’t have to suffer from your pain, we are here to help you. We will work with you to ensure that we find the best pain management plan so you are living your life to the fullest. Give Progressive Pain and Interventional Psychiatry a call today (214) 826-8000, so we can help you get on track to a healthy, pain-free life.