Tired of suffering from chronic pain conditions related to the back, neck, or spine? It may be time to consider Ketamine Infusions. Ketamine Infusions have helped countless chronic pain sufferers find relief and it can help you too!
Ketamine Infusion Therapy Designed for Lasting Relief
Ketamine Infusion Therapy is designed to provide lasting relief from chronic pain and previously untreatable mood conditions.1 That's why each session is customized to each patient's medical and personal needs. We are honored to provide patients with a ketamine therapy solution to help minimize the discomfort they may face due to chronic pain.
Dallas Ketamine Therapy
Our Dallas Pain Management department creates a Ketamine treatment plan that works best with the patient's individual needs. In addition, we ensure that every patient who understands the infusion process will receive proper care to improve mood conditions and chronic pain significantly.
What is Ketamine Therapy?
Developed as a dissociative anesthetic in 1962, Ketamine Therapy was used initially for children’s surgery 2 and emergency pain control on the battlefield during the Vietnam War.3
More recently, it has been used to treat intractable chronic pain, treatment-resistant depression, anxiety disorders and as an adjunct to therapy for patients with posttraumatic stress disorder and chemical dependency disorders.
As a strong anesthetic, ketamine works by blocking a specific nerve cell receptor4 from firing, which decreases pain.
It can be given intravenously, intramuscularly, sublingually, orally at our Northern Dallas location. Most recently, it has been FDA approved for in-office.
How effective is Ketamine Infusion Treatment?
Nearly 60% of of our Dallas patients find relief from ketamine infusions. Most people feel relief right away, but every person responds differently to the treatment. You may feel better for weeks, or it may last up to a year. The ketamine infusion can be repeated if you experience significant pain reduction.
Chronic Pain and Ketamine Therapy
Chronic pain affects more than 35 percent of Americans, which is about 50 million people.5 Chronic pain refers to pain that lasts more than 12 weeks, despite treatment or medication. Chronic pain can have a profound impact on your life. It can impact everything, from your sleep to your work life and your mental health. We at Progressive Pain and Interventional Psychiatry work everyday to provide you with the best possible treatment options to reduce the pain that you feel.
Ketamine Infusions are another option we offer to our patients. Ketamine has been used by surgeons for many years as an anesthetic. Recent research has shown that Ketamine can also be used in other ways. It has been used by mental health professionals to treat depression6 which has not responded to other treatments. Researchers have discovered that it can provide relief for chronic pain sufferers.
How Does Ketamine Therapy Work?
Ketamine Infusions block pain receptors in the brain, causing some nerve cells to be reset in your spine and brain.7 Although Ketamine has been shown to be effective for chronic pain, this may not work for your particular type of chronic pain. These conditions can be treated with Ketamine:
- Other headache disorders and migraines8
- Pain in the central nervous system resulting from fibromyalgia and other genetic disorders or brain injuries
- Peripheral nerve pain conditions like neuropathies, neuralgias and spinal pain
- Pain that is caused by musculoskeletal conditions or mixed pain states like pelvic pain, Rheumatologic pain, or gastrointestinal pain.
- Many patients respond well to ketamine therapy for complex regional pain syndromes and neuroinflammatory conditions.
Ketamine treatment is a popular choice for patients who are happy with the long-lasting results. You may experience relief for days or weeks depending on the type of pain.
Customized Ketamine Treatments In Our Office
Our staff will administer Ketamine through an intravenous line to you when you visit our office for treatment.
For chronic pain patients, the Ketamine infusion usually takes two hours. Your sessions might take longer if you have severe or persistent pain.
Ketamine Treatments and Other Medications
We may also administer other medications alongside the Ketamine. These medications can be used to increase your pain relief and/or minimize side effects. Because the patient is only given small amounts of Ketamine during infusions, addiction is almost impossible to prevent. Although patients may develop a tolerance over time, this tolerance will diminish quickly. Ketamine can help reduce your dependence on pain reliever drugs.
What conditions are treated with Ketamine Therapy?
Chronic Pain Conditions
- Breakthrough Non-Cancer Pain
- Cancer Pain
- Central Neuropathic Pain
- Chemotherapy-Induced Neuropathy
- Chronic Pain
- Chronic Sickle Cell Pain
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrom (CRPS)
- Crohn's Disease
- Gastrointestinal pain
- Lyme Disease
- Migraines and other headache-related disorders
- Neuropathic Pain
- Neuroinflammatory disorders
- Painful Limb Ischemia
- Pelvic Pain
- Phantom Limb Pain
- Postherpetic Neuralgia (Shingles, Herpes)
- Post-Mastectomy Pain Syndrome (PMPS)
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
- Rheumatologic pain
- Trigeminal Neuropathic Pain
- Bipolar disorder
- Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
- Drug & Alcohol Addictions
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Postpartum Depression
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Sequelae of brain
- Sexual Abuse Trauma
- Suicidal Thoughts (Suicidal ideation)
- Treatment-Resistant Depression
What is the duration and frequency of Ketamine therapy treatment?
What are the benefits of Ketamine therapy treatment?
The duration of therapy at our Dallas location will depend upon the individual condition for which the treatment is being conducted. Most patients will have a two-hour treatment protocol for chronic pain conditions, and the ketamine is generally combined with other types of medications.
For emergency respite care, sessions may last one hour. For the most treatment-resistant neurological conditions, sessions may last up to three to four hours.
For the treatment of depression and anxiety, sessions may range from 40 minutes to an hour and a half; however, the majority of treatment sessions will last an hour.
Ketamine Infusions have the potential to provide relief for multiple conditions at the same time.9 It is not uncommon to find patients dealing with numerous types of intractable chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and trauma, and ketamine therapy may help with all these conditions.
Ketamine Therapy in Dallas
Dallas Ketamine Therapy is also helpful for many other intractable conditions, which presently have no safe and effective treatment. DFW Ketamine therapy may also help in terms of medication tapering, drug withdrawal states, and reducing tolerance and dependence on opioid medication.
Patients with severely painful conditions, who cannot discontinue opioids, may find the pain medications work much better after undergoing ketamine infusions, as the ketamine will desensitize a patient’s nervous system.
For treatment of depression and anxiety disorders, treatment may involve one-hour sessions two to three times a week for two to three weeks.
In general, eight sessions over the first month and an additional four sessions over the second month. After that, some patients will not need any further sessions.
Other patients may be treated with a tapering protocol with treatment conducted from every two weeks, to every month, to every quarter, to every six months.
Ketamine is classified as an NMDA antagonist.10 Many types of medications for pain and depression that are currently being researched utilize this mechanism of action.
Dallas Ketamine also appears to modulate the opiate receptors in a patient’s nervous system in such a way that physical dependence, addiction, and intolerance are less likely to develop.
Ketamine may also serve as a catalyst to improve the efficacy of other treatment modalities, including theta-burst stimulation and medication switching in treatment-resistant conditions.
Is Ketamine Safe?
How we Safely Administer Ketamine
There is nearly no chance for addiction with Ketamine under the supervision of Progressive Pain and Interventional Psychiatry due to the patient receiving small doses during the infusions.
While patients will build a tolerance, that tolerance will decrease quickly over time.11 In addition, Ketamine does not act on addiction centers in the brain as do common “addictive medications” such as opioids.
Also, one of the most significant benefits of Ketamine is that the effects are only short-lasting which makes addiction and abuse very unlikely if used in the correct manner with a physician.
A Pain-Free Life Starts When You Find Hope In Dallas
If your chronic pain and/or mood conditions are disrupting your daily life, it’s time to make an appointment with the pain professionals at Progressive Pain and Interventional Psychiatry.
We’re here to discuss any questions you may have about our pain management services for non-surgical and minimally invasive treatments. If you believe you are the right candidate, please give us a call 214-432-8255 today.
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PROGRESSIVE PAIN & INTERVENTIONAL PSYCHIATRY
Specialists and staff at Progressive Pain and Interventional Psychiatry provide cutting-edge adjunctive therapies to offer you relief from chronic pain, headache, and psychiatric disorders. We are your Dallas, TX Pain Relief Specialists. We also offer Ketamine Therapy in Dallas.
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