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 an individual’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.
Doctors have found themselves at a crossroads when it comes to treating pain. Opioids undoubtedly are a powerful pain medication, however they tend to not provide sufficient relief for chronic pain sufferers. The opioid crisis has also led many to feel conflicted about prescribing these drugs to patients. In the quest for an alternative treatment, doctors have found hope in ketamine infusions for pain management.
The use of ketamine for chronic pain is not a farfetched concept, as ketamine has been used as a general anesthetic for over five decades. Ketamine infusions work 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 low dose ketamine infusions, the pain signals are interrupted, allowing for the alteration or elimination of chronic pain.
Patients report having great success with ketamine infusions because the pain relief lasts much longer than with other types of treatments they have tried and without the risk of addiction. With ketamine infusions, 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 in chronic pain. To see if you are a candidate for ketamine infusions, contact our clinic today, or fill out the brief form below.