When it comes to managing chronic pain conditions and mental illness, no single treatment works for all. People who have these chronic health issues may spend years suffering from their symptoms, searching for the right combination of medications and therapy. Ketamine infusion therapy is an innovative treatment that may help those with chronic pain and mental illness. The experienced team of anesthesia specialists at Infuse Balance in Hickory, North Carolina, is excited to offer ketamine infusion therapy to alleviate symptoms. Call the office or book an appointment online today.
Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic most often used as a general anesthetic for surgical procedures. The medication has an analgesic, amnesiac, and sedative effect. It works by serving as an N-methyl-D-aspartate, or NMDA, receptor antagonist.
Ketamine infusion therapy involves a low-dose infusion of the anesthetic for the treatment of various pain and mental health conditions. The innovative treatment dramatically improves symptoms, especially in those people who fail to get relief from their symptoms with traditional treatments.
Though researchers are still trying to unravel how ketamine alleviates symptoms, it’s theorized that it works by altering neural communication in your brain and spinal cord. By blocking the NMDA receptors, ketamine forces your brain’s neurotransmitters to find other receptors.
These actions may activate new receptors that release molecules to help neurons communicate through new pathways. In essence, ketamine infusion therapy rewires your brain, which may change how you feel, think, and behave.
Infuse Balance offers ketamine infusion therapy to treat chronic pain and mental health conditions. Some of the conditions that benefit from ketamine infusion therapy include:
Though ketamine infusion therapy benefits many chronic, often debilitating conditions, it’s not a first-line treatment. Before recommending ketamine infusion therapy to treat your health condition, you must first try traditional medical treatments.
If traditional treatments fail to alleviate your symptoms, then the Infuse Balance team can help with ketamine infusion therapy.
The specifics of your ketamine infusion therapy depend on your diagnosis and symptoms. In general, most patients benefit from a series of infusions over several weeks. The length of your infusion may range from an hour to several hours.
During your ketamine infusion therapy at Infuse Balance, the anesthesia specialists closely monitor your vitals and reaction to the medication and adjust your dose as needed.
Once you finish your infusion, you remain at the office so the team can monitor for post-treatment side effects. You can’t drive after ketamine infusion therapy, and the team recommends you have a friend or family member help you get home.
Ketamine infusion therapy is an innovative treatment that benefits many chronic, debilitating health conditions. Call Infuse Balance, or book an appointment online to schedule a consultation.