Chronic pain can be a life-altering health condition, and many people experience a significant loss of quality of life. No longer able to do the things they previously enjoyed, and with the pain potentially stopping them from taking on new challenges, it is difficult to set long-term goals, even for treatment and recovery. This is especially true if you suffer from resistant pain, and other pain relief methods have not worked. When this happens, ketamine infusions may be the solution.
Why Is Ketamine Different?
It is important to remember that there are many excellent treatment options for chronic pain. Unfortunately, not all chronic pain responds to the same modalities, so sometimes finding the right combination of therapies takes time. Once the proper mix is found, your quality of life can increase dramatically and often more quickly than you would expect. Ketamine is used when other treatments have failed.
While you may know ketamine as an anesthetic, pain management uses lower doses. Ketamine blocks the brain’s pain receptors and changes the pain signals between your brain and spine. By changing how the brain receives pain information, it provides the spine a chance to settle from the overactive pain signals it is being sent from the brain. For some patients, this tamping down of the pain response can last significantly longer than traditional therapies.
Are You a Candidate for Ketamine Infusions?
Only a pain specialist can determine if ketamine infusions are the right choice for your resistant pain, and it is important to remember ketamine is part of a wholistic treatment plan. Since ketamine targets the source of the pain signal, it can be a very effective treatment for some types of pain. Unlike opioids, there is no risk of addiction, and no long-term side effects when used in therapeutic doses.
Ketamine has proven especially useful for:
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Migraines and other headaches
- Complex regional pain syndrome
Ketamine may also be useful in neuropathic pain such as diabetic neuropathy, as well as some musculoskeletal disorders, such as temporal mandibular joint (TMJ) problems.
Contact Caliber Pain today to discuss how ketamine infusions can help with your chronic pain management.