More than 50 million American adults are living with chronic pain today, and unfortunately many of them don’t have adequate pain control. At KetaView, in Redlands, California, the team led by J.R. Evans, MD, offers a highly effective alternative to opioids and invasive procedures: ketamine injections. To learn more about ketamine treatment, call the office or book your appointment using the online scheduling link today.
Chronic pain is pain that lasts for longer than expected. The pain may happen in bouts or it could be constant. Generally, medical providers diagnose chronic pain after a patient has three months of pain with no end in sight.
A long list of conditions can lead to chronic pain, with some of the common causes including:
Chronic pain can happen for other reasons as well. Many people who experience chronic pain also have depression and anxiety as well. Ketamine injections are a treatment that’s proven highly effective for people experiencing chronic pain, especially where the nerves are involved.
How does ketamine relieve chronic pain?
Ketamine was originally used as an anesthetic before surgery, so it makes sense that it’s a potent pain reliever. But, several decades ago, doctors discovered that patients who had surgery experienced improvements in pain level that lasted far beyond the surgery as well as dramatic improvements in mental health.
Lower doses of ketamine can relieve chronic pain without making you go to sleep, allowing you to go about your normal activities pain-free.
The exact way that ketamine works is very complex. It works in multiple ways within your central nervous system. When it comes to chronic pain, ketamine disrupts the transmission of pain signals for an extended period, which allows your brain time to essentially reboot.
Ultimately, ketamine can change the way you perceive pain to stop your suffering. In addition, ketamine can be highly effective in the relief of chronic treatment-resistant depression and anxiety.
Only 30-40% of people with chronic pain get adequate relief from oral medications like opioids and antidepressants. This leads many people to minimally invasive procedures like steroid injections, which often don’t work. Or, if they do work, the effects may fade in only a few days or weeks.
Surgery, another common option for people living with chronic pain, is often unsuccessful. In fact, up to 74% of people who undergo spine surgery for back pain don’t experience adequate pain relief after the procedure. This problem is so common that it’s now a syndrome: Failed back surgery syndrome.
If you’ve tried the pills and procedures but are still living with chronic pain — or you simply don’t want to depend on pills or resort to dangerous surgery — you could be an excellent candidate for ketamine treatment.
Ketamine can provide relief from years of suffering. To learn more about how it can work for you, call KetaView or click on the online scheduler now.