In Focus: Ketamine Infusion For Pain

In Focus: Ketamine Infusion For Pain

If you happen to suffer from a chronic pain condition, know that you are not alone. Millions of American adults suffer from some type of numerous chronic pain conditions.
Chronic pain dramatically affects the quality of life, as it makes it very difficult to perform basic tasks – to sleep, work, move, spend time with your loved ones or participate in your favorite activities and hobbies.

At Baltimore Ketamine Clinic, there is a range of treatments designed to help reduce pain. Ketamine infusion therapy is one of the more prominent options that has a record of positive outcomes and brings hope to people suffering from chronic pain conditions.

Wide Area of Application for Ketamine Treatments

Ketamine, even though being used for decades as an anesthetic for both people and animals, has recently gotten some of the negative attention for its misuse as an illegal street drug. However, the recent research that proved beneficial effects of ketamine and its wide area of application in the treatment of chronic pain conditions and mental disorders alike, shines a completely new light on this old drug medication.

Ketamine infusion therapy has shown great success in treating numerous conditions:

  • Major Depression
  • PTSD
  • Migraines
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • CRPS
  • Refractory Cancer Pain
  • Pain Syndromes
  • Lyme Disease
  • Postpartum depression
  • OCD
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Phantom Limb Pain
  • Restless Leg Syndrome

How Ketamine Infusions work

During a ketamine infusion, we use pain-relieving spray on your arm prior to placing a small IV catheter to maximize your comfort. You will relax in a comfortable chair. We encourage you to bring headphones and listen to your music. Alternatively, should you desire quiet relaxation during your infusion, we can provide earplugs.

During your infusion, a board-certified nurse anesthetist (CRNA) will closely monitor your vital signs and tend to your needs.

Patients describe a Ketamine infusion as a relaxing experience. Some patients report dissociative (“fluttering”) effects. A small number of patients experience mild nausea and/or mild increase in heart rate and blood pressure, which subside following completion of the infusion.

Following your infusion, you will have a recovery period of 30 minutes or longer, if needed. Once you feel ready to head home, you will need to be driven by another individual. Please do not drive or operate machinery until the following day.

Most patients experience positive effects from Ketamine treatment. The duration of therapeutic effects varies from 1- 6 months. We can offer you a single maintenance infusion when you start experiencing the return of your symptoms.

For most patients, every consecutive treatment of a single infusion is enough to provide relief of symptoms for a certain period of time.

If you are suffering from a treatment-resistant condition, a chronic pain or mental health issue, contact us for a free consultation. We will discuss your situation and determine if ketamine infusion is a viable treatment option for your specific case.

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