A recent breakthrough in both chronic pain treatment as well as clinical depression, ketamine infusion therapy has been shown to help with both conditions and promote recovery and progress with treatment.
You may be a candidate for ketamine infusion therapy if you are experiencing: Neuropathic pain not well controlled with injections, nerve blocks, or prescription pain medication, including:
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)
- Phantom limb pain
- Diabetic and other neuropathies
- Postherpetic neuralgia
- Chronic back and neck pain resistant to other forms of treatment
- Debilitating fibromyalgia
- Debilitating musculoskeletal and joint pain
Why is ketamine infusion therapy used for chronic pain?
Ketamine is a non-opiate medication that blocks a receptor called NMDA. That receptor is responsible for many chronic pain conditions. A series of low-dose ketamine infusions can dramatically alter or even eliminate chronic pain. Low-dose ketamine produces a rapid response and near-immediate relief of symptoms, and can provide relief for a longer duration than traditional opioid treatments.
What does the treatment entail?
Ketamine infusions are provided in a comfortable, controlled environment. All patients are monitored closely and the rate of infusion is optimized for individual patients, depending on their frequency of treatments and how well they tolerate the infusion. Risk of a reaction is very low.
Ketamine should be considered only if you have the time to complete a customized protocol that may require a number of visits. A series of low-dose ketamine infusions can dramatically alter or even eliminate chronic pain, but requires a commitment to repeated transfusions at regularly scheduled intervals for maximum effect. In some cases, one treatment may be all that is necessary, but in most cases, repeated treatments over a scheduled period of time have been shown to be most effective in clinical trials.
What is the next step?
If you or your physician think you might be a candidate for low does ketamine therapy, you should contact Colorado Injury and Pain Specialists today to schedule an initial consultation. We provide ketamine infusion therapy in collaboration with Western Slope Ketamine Clinic, the area’s first clinic dedicated to the treatment of chronic pain and depression through the use of ketamine infusions. Please visit their website at www.wsketamineclinic.com for more information.