For decades ketamine has been used as an anesthetic and more recently has been commonly used to treat depression. Another common use for ketamine is chronic pain management. Chronic pain affects 1 in 4 Americans which is more than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. Ketamine is somewhat of a breakthrough when it comes to pain management, and there is no question as to why it is becoming so popular when you take a look at the results.
How Does Ketamine Work For Chronic Pain
Chronic pain is usually the result of tissue injury, and treatment is performed to target the tissue to relieve the injury. When the nerve endings are traumatized it results in the nerves sending pain signals to the brain. What ketamine therapy does is eliminate painful nerve signals and creates brand new nerve endings.
Ketamine use for chronic pain has climbed sharply, and its rise in popularity has led to a range of new uses in clinical therapy. Ketamine is an NMDA receptor antagonist, meaning it dulls the body’s response to acute, chronic, and neuropathic pain. Sufferers of chronic pain seek comfort in everyday life and ketamine therapy offers some, if not complete relief from pain.
Watch Ketamine for Chronic Pain Video below by Dr. Joshua P. Prager, MD
What Types Of Pain Can Be Treated With Ketamine Infusion?
Fibromyalgia, acute and chronic migraine, breakthrough pain, chemotherapy-induced, complex regional pain syndrome, chronic neuropathic pain, central neuropathic pain, spinal cord injury, traumatic nerve injury, and phantom limb pain are just some of the pain syndromes regularly treated with ketamine.
What Does Ketamine Do For Chronic Pain
Ketamine has the unique ability to lessen chronic pain, especially when the pain has a neuropathic component. Low-dose ketamine produces analgesia in neuropathic pain states through the inhibition of the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor. Ketamine also has anti-inflammatory effects, which also assist in the continued management of pain from an injury. In clinical settings, ketamine for chronic pain is typically used in conjunction with benzodiazepines to limit the psychotropic side-effects. Clinical ketamine for chronic pain guidelines ensures that the drug is administered properly in the right doses while supervised.
The recent upsurge in use of low-dose ketamine for chronic pain sufferers is because of the positive effects experienced during treatments. After IV administration of Ketamine, a rapid onset of acute analgesic effect passes through the blood-brain barrier.
Ketamine For Chronic Pain Risks And Benefits
The side effects of ketamine include psychedelic symptoms like hallucinations, nausea, and vomiting, cardiovascular stimulation.
NMDA receptor antagonists like ketamine stop excessive nociceptive input to the brain. Ketamine interrelates with supplementary receptor systems as well, including muscarinic, opioidergic, and monoaminergic receptors. Ketamine can influence or re-activate the descending inhibitory signals to restore the physiological balance between pain inhibition and enablement.
Ketamine is one of the safest and best options for chronic pain sufferers. The treatments have excellent success rates and are affordable.
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Disclaimer: The information in this blog post represents my informed opinion, and does not constitute medical advice and should not be relied upon to make decisions regarding medical care.