Living with chronic pain can be debilitating and have a significant impact on daily life. For those suffering from complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) or neuropathic pain, finding relief can be especially challenging. Ketamine infusion therapy has emerged as a promising treatment option for chronic pain, offering relief for patients who have not found relief with traditional treatments. In this blog post, we’ll explore the effectiveness of ketamine for chronic pain, specifically CRPS and neuropathic pain.
What is Ketamine?
Ketamine is a medication that was first developed in the 1960s as an anesthetic for surgery. It works by blocking certain receptors in the brain that are involved in pain perception and consciousness. Ketamine is classified as a dissociative anesthetic because it can cause feelings of detachment from reality, as well as hallucinations and altered perceptions.
Ketamine for Chronic Pain:
Studies have shown that ketamine can be effective in treating chronic pain, particularly CRPS and neuropathic pain. CRPS is a chronic pain condition that typically affects one limb, causing pain, swelling, and changes in skin temperature and color. Neuropathic pain, on the other hand, is caused by damage to the nerves themselves and can be characterized by sharp, shooting pain or a burning sensation.
Ketamine appears to work by blocking N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors in the brain and spinal cord, which can help to reduce the perception of pain. Unlike opioids, ketamine does not have the same risk of addiction or respiratory depression, making it a safer option for long-term pain management.
How Ketamine Infusion Therapy Works:
At Pacific KLN Infusions, we offer ketamine infusion therapy for the treatment of chronic pain. During the treatment, a large dose of ketamine is administered, by IV infusion, over 2-4 hours, depending on the treatment protocol. The treatment is monitored closely by our experienced medical professionals to ensure safety and efficacy.
Studies have shown that ketamine infusion therapy can provide significant pain relief for those suffering from CRPS and neuropathic pain. In some cases, the effects of a single infusion can last for several weeks, allowing patients to return to normal daily activities and improve their overall quality of life.
Chronic pain can be challenging to manage, but ketamine infusion therapy offers hope for those who have not found relief with traditional treatments. If you or a loved one is suffering from CRPS or neuropathic pain, ketamine infusion therapy may be an effective treatment option to consider. Pacific KLN Infusions is dedicated to providing safe, effective, and compassionate care to our patients. Contact Pacific KLN Infusions today to learn more about how we can help.