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Ketamine infusions involve the use of Ketamine, an anesthetic that influences your nervous system to mitigate pain signals. This treatment method is often employed for managing chronic pain due to its pain-relieving and sedative properties.
Ketamine infusions are administered intravenously (IV) over a span of several hours. The North Texas Comprehensive Spine & Pain Center team will devise a personalized treatment strategy that may include daily ketamine infusions over a week or more.
The effectiveness of ketamine infusions varies among individuals, but they can potentially offer pain relief lasting for weeks or even months.
What conditions do ketamine infusions help treat? Ketamine infusions can be highly effective for a range of pain-related conditions. They are typically suggested by the North Texas Comprehensive Spine & Pain Center when other pain relief methods have not been successful.
Ketamine infusions can alleviate pain arising from conditions such as:
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Complex regional pain syndrome is a chronic pain type that affects one of your limbs, typically occurring after an injury or surgery that has already healed. It may also induce joint issues, swelling, and alterations in skin color or texture.
- Neuropathy Neuropathy, or nerve damage, can lead to pain, numbness, tingling, and often weakness. Ketamine is particularly effective for treating small fiber neuropathy.
- Fibromyalgia Fibromyalgia is a disorder that triggers widespread pain due to alterations in how your brain processes pain signals.
Ketamine infusions can also treat mental health conditions such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
What to anticipate during ketamine infusions? Each time you undergo ketamine infusions at North Texas Comprehensive Spine & Pain Center, your vital signs will be closely monitored, and healthcare professionals will be present. If you experience any side effects, they can be immediately managed.
For the infusion, ketamine is blended with saline and administered through a vein in your arm. The infusion can also be personalized with the addition of lidocaine, magnesium, or other components.
Due to the sedative effects of the medication, you might fall asleep; therefore, the team typically initiates the process with a low dose and keeps engaging with you throughout the process.
If the treatment is successful, your healthcare provider might schedule periodic booster infusions or prescribe a lower dose of nasal ketamine to be taken at home.
To determine if you’re a suitable candidate for ketamine infusions for pain management, contact Dallas Pain Institute or book an appointment online today.