Ketamine for Pain Management in Salt Lake City
According to recent data from the CDC, an estimated 20.4% (50.0 million) of U.S. adults had chronic pain and 8.0% of U.S. adults (19.6 million) had high-impact chronic pain
Fortunately, a new treatment option like ketamine infusion therapy is giving hope to those who have not been able to get the pain relief they need from conventional treatment methods and medications.
Ketamine can provide fast relief for a variety of chronic pain conditions: migraines, CRPS, fibromyalgia, and more.
What Causes Chronic Pain?
There are numerous reasons you could be suffering from chronic pain. It may have begun with a health issue or accidental injury, which you may have long since recuperated from, but the pain continues to affect your daily life. Or there may be an ongoing reason for pain, like joint inflammation or cancerous cells.
What Are the Symptoms of Chronic Pain?
- Trouble sleeping
- Feelings of guilt
- Loss of interest in hobbies or sex
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Marital or familial conflict
- Suicidal ideation
How Does Ketamine Help With Pain Management?
It is believed that one of the leading causes of chronic pain conditions is the overactivity of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor in the brain. Ketamine helps chronic pain by attaching to the NMDA receptor and blocking it from being activated by glutamate, a neurotransmitter, thereby helping to mute the effects of chronic pain symptoms.
By connecting to those receptors, ketamine may be able to amplify the number of glutamate neurotransmitters in the empty space between neurons. Glutamate then interacts with the AMPA receptors.
Together, these receptors bring about the discharge of multiple molecules that boost the brain’s neuroplasticity – essentially, ketamine infusions allow the brain to reset and restore important nerve connections.
What Does Ketamine Treatment Feel Like?
During your ketamine infusion for chronic pain, we go above and beyond to make sure all of our patients feel as comfortable as possible in their own private rooms. Infusions typically last 45-60 minutes for mood disorders, while infusions for chronic pain conditions require a larger dose.
A number of patients refer to a “dissociative” effect, and most of our patients respond positively to this sensation. In many cases, this dissociation effect is what aids with your treatment and delivers a positive response to ketamine therapy.
These are all ordinary components of the treatment. You will always remain in a safe atmosphere with our team there to monitor you and be readily available during your infusion.
Does Ketamine Really Work for Pain Management?
In a recent ketamine research study, ketamine has shown amazing results in providing pain relief for patients suffering from various pain conditions related to cancer, diabetic neuropathy, and acute pain (Frontiers in Pharmacology).
As the leading ketamine treatment provider in Salt Lake City, we look forward to helping our patients get back to enjoying the things they love to do with the people they love.