Ketamine infusion therapy is an increasingly popular treatment method for certain cases of chronic pain and depression. Here’s what you should know about ketamine infusion therapy and how it can help.
How Ketamine Infusion Can Help?
Ketamine works by blocking certain pain receptors in the brain and resetting some nerve cells in your spine and brain. Ketamine reduces some types of pain more effectively than others and is generally considered for the following chronic pain conditions:
• Complex regional pain syndrome (CPRS)
• Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)
• Neuropathic pain
• Traumatic spinal cord pain
• Pudendal pain
• Certain types of nerve and back pain
If you’re experiencing any of these conditions and have not found an effective pain treatment option, contact us today to schedule an appointment and find out whether ketamine infusion could help you.
How Ketamine Infusion Therapy Works
Patients who have ketamine infusions come to our office, where our medical staff administers the ketamine through an intravenous (IV) line. Infusion typically takes from a half-hour to several hours, depending on what kind of pain you have.
Sometimes we administer other types of medication along with ketamine infusions. These drugs can help improve your degree of pain relief and/or reduce potential side effects.
In addition to relieving pain, ketamine infusions can help reduce your reliance on opioid medications and other pain-relief drugs.
Some people can’t have ketamine infusions. For example, we may not recommend them if you have high blood pressure, a fast heart rate, or a history of seizures or certain types of head injuries.