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.