Chronic pain affects millions of people across the United States every year. This type of pain lasts months or even years and can take a dramatic toll on a person’s quality of life. Chronic pain can make it difficult to work, sleep, and move about comfortably. It can take away from time spent with friends and family and make it challenging to enjoy hobbies and activities.
When it comes to the treatment of this debilitating issue, doctors find themselves at odds. Opioids are powerful pain medication, however, they tend not to provide significant relief for chronic pain sufferers. There is also the issue of the opioid crisis which leaves doctors conflicted about prescribing these drugs in the first place.
Many may think that ketamine is just a fad, but in reality, it is a powerful alternative treatment for treating chronic pain. The use of ketamine is not a farfetched concept either as it has been used as a general anesthetic for over five decades.
Surgeons and doctors spent much time looking for a safe, reliable method for easing pain and discomfort during surgery and other medical procedures. In 1962, scientists believed that they had found the answer with ketamine and in 1970 it received FDA approval. Ketamine continued to be used as an effective anesthetic through the years and in 1994 was regarded as a useful treatment to relieve short-term pain as well as chronic pain.
Ketamine works by interacting with chemical receptors in the body called N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA). These receptors are part of the central nervous system and signal the sensation of pain. By blocking these receptors with the use of ketamine, the pain signals are interrupted allowing for the elimination of pain.
Chronic pain sufferers report having great success with ketamine because the pain relief lasts much longer than with other types of treatments they have tried and without the risk of addiction. With ketamine, depending on the type of pain, patients feel better for days, weeks, and even months.
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VIP Ketamine is here to support you if you or a loved one is suffering from chronic pain. To see if you are a candidate for ketamine infusions, contact our clinic today, or fill out the brief form below.