Chronic Pain Specialist

Annette A. Lusko, DO -  - Ketamine Infusion Therapy

Ketamine Integrative Medicine

Annette A. Lusko, DO

Ketamine Infusion Therapy & Addiction Specialist located in Gilbert, AZ

If you wake up and spend every day dealing with chronic pain, you’re not alone. Around 20% of Americans live with a chronic pain condition. At Ketamine Integrative Medicine in Gilbert, Arizona, Annette Lusko, DO, offers customized treatment plans, including osteopathic manipulation, injections, and other addiction-free pain management therapies. Call Ketamine Integrative Medicine or schedule a consultation online today for personalized chronic pain management to relieve your symptoms and restore your quality of life.

Chronic Pain Q & A

What is chronic pain?

Everyone experiences physical pain occasionally, but in most cases, your pain subsides as your body heals from the injury or illness that triggered the pain. 

Chronic pain, however, doesn’t go away. It can even get worse with time and lasts for 12 weeks or more. There are several types of chronic pain, including:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Postsurgical pain
  • Back pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Arthritis pain
  • Neurogenic pain
  • Psychogenic pain

Chronic pain is highly variable, and everyone has a unique experience. You may have sharp, stabbing pain or a dull ache. It can develop anywhere in your body.

What causes chronic pain?

Most of the time, chronic pain begins with an injury or illness. However, instead of subsiding as your body heals, your pain persists or even gets worse. Some research indicates that chronic pain is often due to nerve damage. 

However, in other cases, your chronic pain may emerge without any injury. Some of the underlying health conditions that cause chronic pain include:

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Endometriosis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder

Your risk of chronic pain increases if you’ve had an injury or surgery. Women and people who are overweight are also more likely to develop chronic pain. 

How is chronic pain treated?

For many years, physicians threw potentially addictive and dangerous medication at chronic pain. However, as a certified integrative medicine specialist, Dr. Lusko takes a modern, patient-focused approach to manage chronic pain. 

Her goal is to effectively relieve your pain, which often involves identifying its exact root cause and treating the underlying condition while also working with you to enhance your overall health. 

During your initial consultation, Dr. Lusko talks to you in detail about your chronic pain, other symptoms, lifestyle, and overall health. She may order additional testing to learn more about your pain and confirm her diagnosis of the root cause of your pain. 

Then, depending on your specific need, she creates a personalized treatment combining therapies to relieve your pain and restore your health and quality of life. Your treatment plan may include osteopathic manipulations, injections, and supervised ketamine infusions. 

She may also recommend lifestyle changes and alternative therapies to improve your health, which can make it easier to cope with chronic pain.

If chronic pain is interfering with your life, call Ketamine Integrative Medicine or make an appointment online today for safe, addiction-free pain management.