About 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. Chronic pain, defined as pain that lasts longer than six months, can be moderate or excruciating, episodic or continuous, inconvenient or totally incapacitating.
With chronic pain, signals of pain remain active in the nervous system for months or even years. The emotional toll of chronic pain also can make pain worse. Anxiety, stress, depression, anger, and fatigue interact in complex ways with chronic pain and may decrease the body’s production of natural painkillers.
Because of the mind-body links associated with chronic pain, effective treatment requires addressing psychological as well as physical aspects of the condition. We treat pain symptoms as well as related psychological issues.
Ketamine Infusion Therapy
Research has shown that low-dose Ketamine Infusion Therapy has a profoundly beneficial effect on the central nervous system by giving your neurotransmitters a reboot. Traditional medicine’s answer to neuro-pathic pain is to dull the signals with pain medications, which come prescribed with serious and long-term side effects, and do little to attack the root of the problem
How Ketamine Therapy Works
In essence, ketamine works on the theory that depression is the result of disrupted, disconnected nervous system rhythms. It appears to “re-boot” the system, restoring connections and fostering a return to normal, healthy functioning.
Most antidepressant medications affect the levels of serotonin and/or norepinephrine in the brain. Ketamine, on the other hand, inhibits the NMDA receptor of the neurotransmitter glutamate. This in turn affects other neurotransmitters, including GABA and dopamine, which can lead to a re-setting of normal mood.
Ketamine is administered in a clinical setting by a board-certified anesthesiologist.