More than 200,000 opioid addiction cases are reported every year in the U.S. Rightfully so, people are beginning to look to forms of pain management that don’t involve narcotics. One of the newest breakthroughs in pain treatment? Ketamine.
Ketamine may be new in the pain management world, but it’s been around medical facilities since the ‘70s. Ketamine is medication used to start and maintain anesthesia. It’s also known as a party drug called “special k,” abused to create dissociative, dream-like states. In recent years, it began to make headlines as an innovative treatment for depression. Nowadays, it’s also making news for being an effective pain treatment.
Because of ketamine’s negative association with recreational drug use, some deter from it. But ketamine infusion isn’t someone slipping you a pill in a rave. Ketamine treatment is heavily monitored; doctors give low dosages in gradual infusions. The results are astounding.
A study shows pain score decreases within two weeks in ketamine treatment groups. Ketamine also reduces opioid consumption by 40%.
How Ketamine Works
Evidence suggests that NMDA receptors are associated with neuropathic pain. Therefore, it makes sense that NMDA antagonists, such as ketamine, treat pain so well. Out of the NMDA antagonists available, methadone, memantine, amantadine, and dextromethorphan, ketamine is the strongest.
Types of Pain
Ketamine infusion is currently being used to treat these types of pains:
- Neuropathic Pain
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
Studies on pain management are being done every day, and physicians are discovering they have so much more to offer their patients than opioids. At Pain Stop Clinics, we’re dedicated to using responsible and drug-free techniques such as chiropractic, physical therapy, and nerve blocks.
We understand the frustration our patients have had with countless methods. It’s time for a solution. Contact Pain Stop Clinics today.