If you’ve tried various treatments to manage chronic pain, but your symptoms persist, consider ketamine infusions. This relatively new treatment technique uses medically supervised doses of ketamine to limit pain and increase comfort. At Pain & Anesthesia Care in New Brunswick, New Jersey, pain management physician Garen Gajian, MD, provides ketamine infusions on-site as an outpatient procedure. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.
Ketamine infusion is a therapy that uses an intravenous (IV) drip of ketamine to relieve pain, inflammation, and general discomfort. When you take medication orally, it breaks down in your stomach and digestive tract, so you only receive a small percentage of the medication’s benefits.
When ketamine enters your body through a vein, it bypasses your digestive system entirely. This allows for maximum uptake by your cells and, in turn, longer-lasting effects.
Ketamine first received FDA-approval in the 1970s as an anesthetic. During the last decade, several physicians started using it off-label to relieve chronic pain.
Many people with chronic pain experience something called “central sensitization.” This causes pain signals to increase in frequency and intensity over time.
Ketamine infusion resets the pain receptors throughout your body while blocking pain signals. This restores balance to your body over several treatments, limiting discomfort, and improving your quality of life.
To determine if you’re a candidate for ketamine infusion, your Pain & Anesthesia Care provider conducts a physical and neurological exam, asks about your symptoms and lifestyle, and reviews your medical history.
If you experience chronic pain regularly, and it doesn’t respond to conservative treatments like rest, physical therapy, light exercise, or over-the-counter medications, you’ll likely benefit from a ketamine infusion. To ensure the best results, your provider develops a custom treatment plan tailored to your individual needs.
Ketamine infusion is safe and well-tolerated. Pain & Anesthesia Care performs treatment in the office under the supervision of a qualified medical professional. If you experience any pain or discomfort during your session, speak up. Your provider can adjust your dosage and treatment regimen as necessary.
Ketamine infusion for pain medicine management isn’t a quick fix. Pain & Anesthesia Care recommends a series of at least five appointments spaced several weeks apart to achieve the best possible results.
Make sure to attend each of your appointments and follow your provider’s instructions. Be patient, listen to your body, and don’t rush back to activities that trigger your symptoms such as exercise or strenuous activity. Slowly but surely, you’ll begin to notice an improvement in your symptoms.
To learn more about the benefits of ketamine infusion, schedule an appointment at Pain & Anesthesia Care. Call the office to speak with a team member or book a consultation online today.