Intravenous ketamine infusions have been effective in decreasing symptoms related to chronic pain syndromes, especially those that have a neuropathic component.
What is Ketamine?
Ketamine is a safe analgesic medication that was developed more than 50 years ago for use primarily by anesthesiologists for sedation during surgery. Ketamine is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines, and is one of the most commonly used pharmaceuticals in the world.
In addition to being a powerful analgesic, ketamine is also known to have potent antidepressant and anti-inflammatory properties. As pain practitioners, we understand that pain and depression often times go hand-in-hand. In certain instances, the effect of chronic pain serves to amplify the symptoms of depression. Increased depression can amplify the feeling and symptoms of chronic pain. Research suggests that ketamine has shown to be extremely valuable for its rapid and profound effectiveness in the treatment of depression, and other mood disorders, as well as neuropathic chronic pain conditions that have otherwise failed traditional treatments.
Is it covered by insurance?
We do not accept insurance for this treatment but patients can contact their individual insurance plan to check if they have any benefits.
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How does ketamine infusion therapy work?
Pain signals travel to and from our brain on an interconnected network of nerves which run throughout our body. Tiny receptors on these nerves called NMDA receptors collect information from the body and immediately alert the brain if damage or injury has occurred.
Many chronic pain syndromes are caused by a spike of these NMDA receptors in the brain. Studies have shown that spikes in these NMDA receptors in the brain play a significant role in major depression, chronic pain syndromes, fibromyalgia and other neurological disorders.
In cases of acute pain, the NMDA receptors subside following the usual course of injury and the pain signal eventually is turned off. With chronic pain, the NMDA receptors do not turn off and begin to multiply creating an amplified pain signal.
Ketamine, has the unique ability to interfere with those NMDA receptors and essentially block the pain signal from reaching the brain. When administered in a precise low dose IV infusion, ketamine provides virtually instantaneous relief of pain symptoms and allows nerve receptors the chance to reset or reboot themselves.
The ketamine infusion process at Sikora Integrative Medicine
Ketamine therapy will be administered on site at Sikora Integrative Medicine under close supervision of our trained medical personnel. Your infusion treatment will take place in a relaxed, comfortable environment. A trained member of our medical staff will start your IV and connect the necessary monitoring equipment that will be measuring your breathing, blood pressure, heart function, and other vital signs throughout the duration of your ketamine treatment.
To begin your treatment, a small dose of ketamine will intravenously be administered into your bloodstream. Once the treatment begins, it will typically take a few minutes before you begin to feel the actual effects of the medication. In many cases, relief can be experienced in as little as 15 minutes, although the appropriate frequency and longevity of treatment will depend on each patient’s specific condition and overall health. A typical ketamine infusion treatment lasts between 2-3 hours.
Once your ketamine infusion is complete, you will be monitored for 30 minutes prior to being discharged from your appointment. You will need a driver to take you home.
Who will likely benefit from ketamine infusion therapy?
- Individuals with neuropathic pain that is not well controlled with injections, nerve blocks, or prescription pain medication.
- Individuals with chronic back and neck pain no longer responsive to any form of treatment.
- Individuals suffering from depression, PTSD and other mood disorders
- Individuals with other debilitating musculoskeletal and joint pain.
What does ketamine infusion therapy treat?
We currently offer ketamine infusion therapy for all forms of neuropathic chronic pain including but not limited to:
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS/RSD)
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Low back and neck pain
We also offer ketamine infusion therapy for depression, anxiety, PTSD and other mood disorders. Patients must have an established and confirmed diagnoses prior to seeking ketamine treatment at Sikora Integrative Medicine..
Clinically Proven to Treat Pain & Migraines
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that affects the muscles and tissues of the body, causing symptoms of aching and stiffness. Pain can range from moderate to severe, and can affect various parts of the body at various times. This pain can be debilitating and still is not completely understood by the medical community.
We can successfully reduce patient’s chronic pain symptoms with low dose Ketamine infusions, allowing the patient to obtain relief from their symptoms. The effects can be dramatic, often allowing patients for the first time in years to re-engage in life activities they have missed out on for so long.
-Clinically Proven Depression Treatment
-Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), also referred to Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), is a chronic neurological syndrome characterized by:
- severe burning pain
- pathological changes in bone and skin
- excessive sweating
- tissue swelling
- extreme sensitivity to touch
Once diagnosed, traditional treatment options have been limited and offer little to no relief.
Physicians and researchers have identified that Ketamine infusions can provide patients immediate and sustained relief for these chronic pain conditions. Typically, between 1-3 four-hour Ketamine Infusions can result in patients obtaining up to three months of remission. Often patients report near 100% pain relief within hours of the start of the infusion. For best result physical therapy recommended in conjunction with the Ketamine Infusions. CRPS patients can also expect to significantly reduce their need to take opioids and other pain medications.
Migraines can be debilitating. We offer multiple fast acting acute migraine treatment options. These treatments include IV Ketamine infusions and IV micro-nutrient therapy (Magnesium and B-vitamin infusions).