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Ketamine Pain Treatment

Ketamine can be an effective tool for treating chronic pain. While most doctors will use ketamine as an anesthetic, it can also limit the patient’s perception of pain during treatment and in the following weeks. Researchers have more to learn about the science behind ketamine infusion therapy, but evidence suggests that low doses of ketamine can reduce patients’ perception of pain.

For many patients, ketamine treatment can reduce or eliminate the need for opioids and other pain medications. The doctors at the Spine Institute of North America perform ketamine infusion therapy when other methods aren’t bringing the patient the relief they need. Ketamine treatment may be your best path toward a more comfortable life.

How Ketamine Infusion Therapy Works

To perform the treatment, the doctor introduces intravenous (IV) ketamine into the patient’s bloodstream in a lower dosage than what anesthesiologists use during surgeries. The substance interacts with the patient’s brain to address chronic pain at a cellular level.

When a patient experiences chronic pain, the cause is often a deficiency of neurons and synaptic connections in the brain’s prefrontal cortex and hippocampus. Ketamine increases activity in these areas to encourage the creation of neurons and synaptic connections. At the same time, ketamine inhibits the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor which often becomes oversensitive in patients experiencing chronic pain. Lowering the receptor’s reaction level results in reduced pain from the same stimulation.

Is Ketamine Treatment Right for Me?

At the Spine Institute of North America, we recommend ketamine infusion therapy in two situations:

  • Patients who have tried other treatment methods with little or no success.
  • Patients with an upcoming surgical procedure.

Consult with a doctor about ketamine treatment if you are experiencing pain from cancer, neuropathy, fibromyalgia or an injury causing chronic lower back pain. Ketamine therapy may also successfully relieve pain from a laparoscopic cholecystectomy or similar procedure.

What Can I Expect From Ketamine Infusion Therapy?

When you pursue ketamine infusion therapy with the Spine Institute of North America, you’ll receive treatment on-site from one of our experienced medical professionals. We’ll ask questions to gauge your pain level before treatment to gauge results afterward.

The small dosage of ketamine will enter your body through an IV line. The process takes anywhere from 45 minutes to five hours, depending on your condition and pain level. After your initial treatment, you’ll speak with your doctor to assess your pain reduction. The doctor will use your information to determine if regular treatment will be necessary and at what intervals.

What do we do?

Providing a thorough diagnosis to know the cause of your pain

Using the least invasive procedure that will relieve your pain quickly

Providing effective follow-up to ensure fast recovery

Ensuring that you remain fit so that you can enjoy long-term relief from pain

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Ketamine infusion therapy has made a difference in many patients’ lives, and it can help you find immediate, lasting relief from chronic pain. The Spine Institute of North America doctors are here to embrace your needs and develop a ketamine treatment path to meet them.

Call us at (609) 337 6496 or submit a pain evaluation to begin the discussion.

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