What Are Ketamine Infusions and How Can They Relieve My Chronic Pain?

Ketamine Integrative Medicine is the only ketamine clinic in Arizona that offers both oral ketamine and ketamine infusion the

If you have chronic pain, you’re not alone. This issue, defined as pain that lasts for months or even years, affects millions of men and women across the United States. In fact, more than 26 million American adults suffer from frequent back pain, one of the most common locations of chronic pain. 

When you have chronic pain, it can take a dramatic toll on your quality of life. Being in pain makes it more difficult to work, sleep, move comfortably, and enjoy time with friends and family. It can even make it challenging to participate in your favorite hobbies and activities. For approximately 28% of adults with low back pain, the pain limits their activity.

At Ketamine Integrative Medicine, Dr. Annette Lusko has a range of treatments that can help reduce pain. One of these options is ketamine infusion, which gives new hope to people living with chronic pain.

Finding new hope with an old drug

You may have heard of ketamine when it gained mainstream attention as the illegal street drug Special K. But surgeons have used ketamine for decades as an anesthetic for people and animals. 

In recent years, researchers discovered that ketamine has other important uses, too. For example, mental health care providers have learned that it can successfully manage some forms of treatment-resistant depression.

And pain researchers have found that ketamine delivers welcome relief for some types of chronic pain.

Reducing pain with ketamine

Ketamine works by blocking specific pain receptors in your brain. At the same time, it resets some of the nerve cells in your brain and spine. This interaction makes it more effective at reducing some types of pain than others. 

Generally, Dr. Lusko considers using ketamine infusion for the following types of pain: 

When you have success with ketamine infusions, your pain relief can last much longer than with other forms of treatment. You may feel better for days, weeks, or even months, depending on what type of pain you experience.

How ketamine infusions work

You receive ketamine infusions on-site at our office through an intravenous (IV) line. It usually takes anywhere from 45 minutes to five hours, depending on your specific condition. 

Ketamine infusions used for pain relief have a much lower dosage than the amount used for surgical anesthesia. In some cases, Dr. Lusko might administer other types of medication along with ketamine infusions. These medications can help improve your pain relief or reduce potential side effects from your ketamine infusion.

During your infusion, you may experience floating, tingling, or mild hallucinations. After completing your treatment, you remain at Ketamine Integrative Medicine for at least one hour under observation. Then a friend or family member drives you home, where you should relax for the rest of the day.

When to consider ketamine infusions

You don’t have to suffer from chronic pain related to back, neck, or spine conditions. A ketamine infusion could offer significant relief. In addition to relieving chronic pain conditions, Dr. Lusko uses ketamine infusions to help treat:

While ketamine infusions are a powerful tool, they aren’t right for everyone. Dr. Lusko may not recommend them if you have a fast heart rate, high blood pressure, or a history of seizures or certain types of head injuries. 

Ketamine Integrative Medicine is the only ketamine clinic in Arizona that offers both oral ketamine and ketamine infusion therapy for a wide range of conditions, including chronic pain. To learn if it’s right for you, contact us by calling for an appointment or requesting one online today.

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