Chronic Pain Treatment
Patients with chronic pain that has not responded to traditional treatment methods (prescription pharmaceuticals for example) or those who plan to undergo surgery for pain, may be well-suited for ketamine.
We commonly treat pain caused by the following conditions:
- Neuropathic pain
- Phantom pain
- Postherpetic neuralgia
- Sickle cell disease
- Spinal injury
Multiple professional organizations, including the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA), the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), and the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), have agreed that the collective evidence has shown support for ketamine’s role in managing pain for these conditions.
- 3-hour infusion
- Scheduling is between the patient and provider, but average once a month
The time of treatment is longer for pain patients, and the dose of ketamine is significantly higher than what is used for depression and mood disorders.
For this reason, there is a greater risk of side-effects from treatment. Common side-effects include nausea, dizziness, and longer dissociation. These side-effects are temporary and not serious in nature.