When the Pain Won’t Stop – Neuropathic Pain & Ketamine Infusion Treatment
Imagine that you are listening to an over-the-air radio station and suddenly the signal fades, gets scrambled or lost. That is kind of what happens to nerves when they begin causing neuropathic pain. The signal from the nerve to the brain is distorted, and the resulting condition can cause sporadic or constant, chronic pain. The American Chronic Pain Association describes neuropathic pain as:
“…a complex, chronic pain state that usually is accompanied by tissue injury. With neuropathic pain, the nerve fibers themselves might be damaged, dysfunctional, or injured. These damaged nerve fibers send incorrect signals to other pain centers.”
Traditional methods of treating neuropathic pain in patients focus on dulling the signals to damaged nerves with pain medication or nerve blocks (read more at WebMD). These kinds of treatments can come with a chance of the pain recurring, as well as potential long-term negative side effects. If you or someone you know has that kind of pain and are looking for options, we offer ketamine infusion treatment an alternative to traditional methods of pain intervention.
Ketamine administered via infusion therapy works differently than other pain treatments, as it blocks NMDA receptors in the spinal cord in a process called ‘rebooting the brain’. (read more about NMDA here). Think of it as re-tuning that over-the-air radio we talked about earlier, to make the radio signal audible again.
Here are some independent resources to continue your study of ketamine infusion therapy, to help you educate yourself and make an informed decision about which course of action is right for you or a loved one:
Our team of physicians has administered ketamine infusion therapy for neuropathic pain, and many other conditions, more than 2,000 times over the past six years. Contact us on our website or at (518) 249-5700 to schedule a confidential consultation.