Chronic pain is something that millions of Americans live with. While pain can manifest anywhere in the body, two of the most common areas of pain are the neck and back. In fact, it is estimated that more than 26 million U.S. adults have chronic back pain, which is pain that lasts for several months or years. If you are someone who is living with pain and have tried everything without finding relief, you may want to consider ketamine infusions.
In recent years, researchers have discovered that ketamine can effectively treat a wide range of conditions and illnesses, including:
Given this new information about the benefits of ketamine in treating chronic pain and the above conditions, guidelines were recently approved to ensure the drug is properly administered. Thanks to these guidelines and the studies that have been conducted in recent years, we are seeing more and more doctors prescribe low doses of ketamine for various pain conditions.
What is Ketamine?
Before we go any further, let’s look at what ketamine is. Ketamine is a sedative that has pain-relieving and short-term memory loss effects, working to combat pain by stopping chemical receptors that send signals to the nervous system and rest of the body. In years past, ketamine was most commonly known as a street drug that was referred to as “special K”, “vitamin K”, or “Super K”. However, it has been used medically for many years, usually as an anesthetic during surgery.
When ketamine is administered in low doses, it can help modulate and control pain. However, it does come with risks when used illicitly, which is why it is important to follow the instructions of your physician.
How Ketamine Can Help with Chronic Pain?
Ketamine works to effectively control chronic pain by blocking various pain receptors in the brain while at the same time resetting cells within the spine and brain. This is extremely important when it comes to treating many of the pain-related conditions mentioned earlier. Studies have shown that ketamine actually reduces certain types of pain more efficiently than others, especially those that relate to neuropathic pain and related disorders.
We have treated numerous patients with ketamine infusions, helping them find long-lasting relief. Many patients report seeing an improvement with ketamine infusions in a matter of days or weeks, depending on the condition and level of pain. Not only can ketamine infusions help reduce chronic pain, but it may also reduce dependence on other pain medications.
Are Ketamine Infusions Right for Me?
To find out if ketamine infusions are right for you, we encourage you to make an appointment at Texas Partners Healthcare Group today. There are certain individuals who may not be the right candidates for this type of pain management treatment, including people with high blood pressure, a fast heart rate, or a history of seizures. If you have been living with chronic back or neck pain, or other spinal conditions, please give us a call today and inquire about ketamine infusions. We understand how impactful chronic pain can be and want to do everything we can to help you find relief. Ketamine infusions are a great option for many individuals, especially those who have not found relief with other forms of treatment. Please do not hesitate to give us a call today to learn more or schedule an appointment with a pain specialist.