Ketamine infusions can provide long-lasting pain relief for many individuals with chronic conditions like complex regional pain syndrome and certain types of neuropathy. At North Texas Comprehensive Spine & Pain Center in Rowlett and Sherman, Texas, Robert Nocerini, MD, Sreenadha Vattam, MD, and their team plan your treatment with ketamine and monitor your progress at every step. To learn more about ketamine infusions, call North Texas Comprehensive Spine & Pain Center or request an appointment online today.
Ketamine is an anesthetic that affects your nervous system to reduce pain signals. Ketamine infusions are a treatment option for chronic pain that medical professionals have used for years because of their pain-relieving and sedative effects.
You receive ketamine infusions through an intravenous (IV) drip over the course of several hours. Your providers at North Texas Comprehensive Spine & Pain Center create a customized treatment plan that includes daily ketamine infusions for a week or longer.
Results vary from person to person, but ketamine infusions can provide weeks or even months of pain relief.
Ketamine infusions can effectively treat a variety of pain-causing conditions. Typically, North Texas Comprehensive Spine & Pain Center recommends ketamine infusions when other approaches haven’t been successful in relieving your pain or improving your functioning.
Ketamine infusions can treat pain from conditions like:
Complex regional pain syndrome is a type of chronic pain that occurs in one of your limbs. Typically, it starts after an injury or surgery that’s already healed. It can also cause joint issues, swelling, and changes in your skin’s color or texture.
Neuropathy is nerve damage that causes pain, numbness, tingling, and often weakness. Ketamine is especially effective in treating small fiber neuropathy.
Fibromyalgia is a condition causing widespread pain because it affects the way your brain interprets pain signals.
Ketamine infusions are also effective for treating psychological conditions like depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Each time you come in for ketamine infusions at North Texas Comprehensive Spine & Pain Center, your providers monitor your vital signs and remain in the room with you. If you experience any side effects, they can help you manage them on the spot.
For the infusion, your ketamine is mixed with saline and goes into your system through a vein in your arm. The team can also personalize your infusion by adding lidocaine, magnesium, or other ingredients.
Because the medication’s sedative effects can cause you to fall asleep, North Texas Comprehensive Spine & Pain Center typically starts your infusions with a low dose, and your provider interacts with you throughout the process.
If treatment is successful, your provider might have you return intermittently for booster infusions or continue taking a lower dose of nasal ketamine at home.
To find out if you’re a good candidate for ketamine infusions for pain management, call North Texas Comprehensive Spine & Pain Center or request your appointment online today.