Intravenous ketamine infusions have been effective in decreasing symptoms related to chronic pain syndromes, especially those that have a neuropathic component.
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.
We do not accept insurance for this treatment but patients can contact their individual insurance plan to check if they have any benefits.
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.
We currently offer ketamine infusion therapy for all forms of neuropathic chronic pain including but not limited to:
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..
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.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), also referred to Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), is a chronic neurological syndrome characterized by:
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).