Ketamine for Chronic Pain
Chronic pain can stop you in your tracks, making daily activities difficult and seemingly normal body movements unbearable. It is also a common problem that presents a major challenge to healthcare providers because of its complex natural history, unclear etiology, and poor response to therapy.
Today, a rapidly growing number of chronic pain patients who have not responded to conventional therapies are reporting life-changing results after low-dose ketamine treatment.
Although it may begin with an injury or illness, ongoing pain can develop a psychological dimension after the physical problem has healed. These factors make ketamine infusion therapy the ideal treatment for chronic pain. Ketamine balances out important neurons and hormones by changing glutamate and GABA levels, simultaneously addressing the physical and psychological discomfort caused by chronic pain. Essentially, ketamine allows the nervous system to relax, restructure, and reboot so that pain is relieved completely for months at a time.
During ketamine treatment at our clinic, a small dose of ketamine is intravenously administered into the bloodstream as the patient relaxes. Immediate relief can be experienced in as little as 45 minutes, although the appropriate frequency and longevity of treatment will depend on each patient’s specific condition and overall health.
In many cases, ketamine infusion can provide long-term relief from:
- Atypical facial pain
- Central post-stroke pain (CPSP)
- Chronic headaches and migraines
- Chronic joint and musculoskeletal pain
- Chronic neck and back pain
- Chronic temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain
- Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS or RSD)
- Diabetic neuropathies
- Lichen sclerosus
- Lyme disease
- Multiple sclerosis pain
- Post-laminectomy syndrome (failed back surgery syndrome)
- Shingles pain (postherpetic neuralgia)
- Small-fiber peripheral neuropathy
- Traumatic brain injury pain
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Other forms of neuropathic pain
You must be under the care of a primary care physician, pain specialist, or mental health professional to be considered for treatment. If you do not have a current mental health professional, you will be required to be screened by our staff psychiatrist prior to your ketamine infusion treatment.
What to Expect During Ketamine Infusion Treatment for Chronic Pain
We understand your hope to be free of the symptoms of pain, and we realize that you have made a big decision entrusting us with your care. We appreciate your trust and strive to personalize your treatment to achieve the best possible outcome in a comfortable, private setting.
Although ketamine is a very safe medication when administered by professionals, we recognize it can be intimidating to patients because they don’t know how they will feel, what they will say, or how they will respond to the treatment.
In collaboration with his compassionate, highly trained staff, Dr. Steven Reichbach supervises the ketamine treatment with the ultimate goal of helping his patients achieve the best possible outcomes. We take the time to answer any and all of your treatment concerns before you decide to become a patient-guest at our center. As a patient at Reichbach Center, you can be assured that you’ll receive attentive, compassionate care from our medical team.
We offer private treatment rooms for all of our patient-guests. The environment we create is low stimulation to allow you to focus on yourself—your thoughts and your emotions throughout the process. During the treatment, our highly trained Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)–certified medical professionals will continuously monitor your heart rate and rhythm, respiration, and blood pressure to ensure your complete comfort and safety.
Each patient’s ketamine infusion plan will vary according to their condition, overall health, and other key factors. Some people may only need a few infusion sessions to experience desired results, while others may require a more long-term plan.
When administered slowly, ketamine typically causes only minor side effects. There may be some lingering feelings of fatigue through the morning after ketamine infusions, but there aren’t any ongoing negative secondary effects from the treatments. Please note that someone must drive you home following the procedure, but you can return to regular activities and work just one day after your ketamine infusion.
For further explanation and instructions prior to and during your ketamine treatment, please use the button below.
A Place of Comfort. A Place of Hope.
At Reichbach Center, a national center for the treatment of chronic pain and mental health disorders, we help our patient-guests experience relief and transform their lives through individualized, compassionate care. Our team is devoted to working closely with you, providing experienced care and expertise in revolutionary treatment methods to help you feel better and live better. From ketamine for chronic pain or mental health to medical cannabis, psychotropics, and essential oils, we offer advanced options for physical and mental relief to help you face tomorrow with hope.
If you are ready to experience relief, contact us at (941) 213-4444 or request an appointment online to schedule your complimentary consultation with our board-certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Steven Reichbach.