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If you’ve been struggling with chronic pain that resists treatment after treatment, ketamine infusions can stop the vicious cycle of pain, giving your body valuable time to heal. At Neuro Pain Consultants, the team of pain management experts stays abreast of the latest techniques for relieving chronic pain, and ketamine infusions are showing great promise. To explore whether ketamine infusions may provide the relief you’ve been looking for, call one of the four locations in Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, Macomb Township, and West Bloomfield, Michigan, or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.
Ketamine was first introduced in the early 1960s as a fast-acting anesthetic, but because of its dissociative nature, the drug has been more widely used in veterinary medicine. The term dissociative refers to the hallucinatory effect and the disconnect that ketamine produces, which is why the medical world has taken a cautionary approach to the drug.
In the past decade, however, medical researchers have found that ketamine may play an extremely valuable role in tackling treatment-resistant depression, as well as chronic pain. By controlling the doses through infusions, doctors are able to tap into the drug’s extraordinary ability to relieve pain, while it also creates new neural pathways that help reduce pain signaling.
Ketamine has a number of different applications in pain management, from its use as an anesthetic for surgical procedures to handling acute post-operative pain. Ketamine is a good option for people who need to steer clear of opioids, whether for physical reasons or substance use disorders.
As an infusion therapy, the doctors at Neuro Pain Consultants use ketamine to address neuropathic pain. Neuropathic pain is caused by damage to your sensory nerves and it’s often a frustrating and debilitating condition that leaves you unable to function normally because of the unrelenting pain and discomfort.
There are many conditions that cause nerve damage, or neuropathy, such as:
If you’ve tried traditional pain relief treatments for your neuropathy, with no success, ketamine therapy may provide the solution you seek to stop the cycle of pain, giving your nerves valuable time to heal.
There’s no blanket answer to this question because it depends on your condition. After your pain management specialist at Neuro Pain Consultants reviews your situation, they typically start with several ketamine infusions spaced a few days apart. Your reaction to this initial treatment will dictate how you proceed with your ketamine infusions.
While ketamine works immediately to relieve your pain, the goal is to end chronic pain. With each infusion, which takes about an hour, the goal is to create new neural pathways in your brain that aren’t pain-centered.
To learn more about the ketamine infusions at Neuro Pain Consultants, call one of the four locations or use the online scheduler.