Ketamine Infusion has been shown to be effective in the treatment of a variety of chronic pain related conditions
Ketamine infusion therapy is a highly effective treatment for patients who have chronic pain. This includes fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome (crps)/ reflex sympathetic dystrophy (rsd), migraines and more.
Chronic pain can be debilitating as well as demoralizing. Understanding and treating patients with chronic pain is complicated, by a variety of different pain syndromes, causes, medications and medical conditions. When first and second-line drugs such as opioids, anticonvulsants, or antidepressants fail to provide satisfactory pain management for chronic pain, third-line drugs such as ketamine, has been shown to help. Ketamine can help in treatment of many pain syndromes such as chronic pain syndrome treatment. Pain relief rates depend on the pain condition, but approximately two thirds of patients have a meaningful response.
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What pain conditions can be helped by Ketamine Infusion Therapy?
- Migraine Headaces
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
- Chronic back and neck pain
- More uses are under investigation
How does Ketamine work to decrease Chronic Pain?
As a noncompetitive antagonist of the N-methyl-d- aspartic acid receptor, ketamine produces profound regulatory effects on ascending nociceptive pain transmission. As is the case with many neuropathic pain agents, transient antagonism at the receptor level may not fully explain the mechanism of neuropathic pain relief observed. Ketamine also modifies descending inhibitory pathways through activation of areas involved in regulation of pain, including the anterior cingulate cortex, orbitofrontal cortex, insula and brainstem, in healthy volunteers, receiving low-dose ketamine infusions.
What does this mean?
Ketamine blocks the pain receptors, producing significant pain relief.
What is the response rate to ketamine infusion for chronic pain?
Patients will need three, approximately 4-hour infusions in the first week. Depending on your response after the third infusion, a maintenance plan will be customized individually for you. Maintenance Ketamine infusions for pain syndromes, are every 1-3 months, depending on your response to therapy. Data is limited on immediate response and duration across all pain syndromes. Pain relief rates depends on the pain condition being treated. However about ⅔ of patients have meaningful benefits. Some patients may have significant pain relief and can even be pain free for 6 months or more.
Why is Ketamine considered one of the biggest breakthroughs the treatment of chronic pain conditions?
Ketamine has the ability to treat some patients with affected by chronic pain conditions as well as “treatment resistant” major depression in a matter of minutes! 70% of patients will see some improvement in their symptoms after only a single infusion.
This improvement is temporary; but progressive improvement tends to be seen after several treatments. The ability to produce immediate results is a major breakthrough in the treatment of both conditions as most patients prior to the introduction of Ketamine suffered without many alternatives
Finally, a medication has been found to decrease pain levels without the use of narcotics.
Virginia Infusion Therapies
The First Ketamine Clinic in Northern Virginia
Virginia Infusion Therapies is one of the the first Ketamine Clinics in Northern Virginia, and the first clinic in Loudoun County to provide Ketamine infusion therapy for the treatment of Major Depression and Pain Conditions. The clinic was established by four physicians in Loudoun who, through their professional experiences in medicine and their personal family experiences with depression, recognized that there are major problems in the recognition and treatment of depression. They recognized that Major Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, and some pain conditions are often medical emergencies that requires treatments that are more effective… and more effective IMMEDIATELY.
Are you a candidate for Ketamine Infusions for your pain condition?
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