Chronic pain affects millions of people in the United States and may decrease quality of life, increase dependence on opioids, and cause mental health issues like depression and anxiety. Finding the right treatment to ease chronic pain may lead to even more frustration. At Infuse Balance in Hickory, North Carolina, the experienced team of anesthesia specialists offers ketamine infusion therapy as a chronic pain treatment. Call the office or book an appointment online to schedule your chronic pain treatment consultation today.
At Infuse Balance, the team uses ketamine infusion therapy for chronic pain treatment. Ketamine is an anesthetic agent that has analgesic, amnesiac, and sedative effects. Its primary use is a general anesthetic during surgical procedures.
It works by acting as an N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist. The NMDA receptor is part of your nervous system and may play a role in memory formation and pain regulation.
More recently, doctors are using low-dose ketamine infusion treatments to help patients suffering from chronic pain.
When undergoing ketamine infusion therapy at Infuse Balance for chronic pain treatment, you receive a much lower dose of the medication than you would during surgery. Low-dose ketamine infusion therapy works by blocking the NMDA receptors in your brain to reduce pain.
While blocking the pain sensations, ketamine may trigger other neural receptors in your brain and spinal cord. Activation of these other receptors may alter the communication pathway between neurons and provide long-term pain relief.
At Infuse Balance, the team offers ketamine infusion therapy to treat many chronic pain conditions. Some of the conditions that benefit from ketamine treatment include:
When you come in for a chronic pain treatment consultation, the team conducts a comprehensive evaluation to determine if ketamine infusion therapy makes the right choice for you.
Though effective for managing chronic pain conditions, the team may only recommend the treatment if other medical treatments fail to alleviate your pain.
Your ketamine infusion therapy for chronic pain is an in-office treatment. The specifics of your treatment may depend on your pain condition. The team develops individual chronic pain treatment plans and reviews the details of your plan before you start therapy.
During your infusion, your anesthesia specialist places an intravenous (IV) line in your arm and starts your infusion. They closely monitor you as you receive your medication. Once complete, the team has you remain at the office for continued monitoring before sending you home.
You can’t drive after ketamine infusion therapy and must arrange a ride home.
To get the most benefits from your chronic pain treatment, you may need a series of infusions.
Call Infuse Balance, or book an appointment online to see how ketamine for chronic pain can help you.