Chronic pain disorders affect millions of people. The quality of life of those afflicted rapidly declines, relationships are affected and productivity suffers. It is important to remember than a diagnosis of multiple pain syndromes is not uncommon.
While acute pain responds to pain therapies in predictable patterns, some types of chronic pain do not have specific starting points. They often do not have predictable paths to resolution. Many stem from degenerative diseases, while others are because of immune system illnesses. Chronic pain, especially pain with a neuropathic component, may respond to the safe and effective treatment of ketamine.
Why Ketamine Works
Low doses of ketamine have proven to reduce pain for significant amounts of time in patients with complex pain syndromes. Scientists believe it inhibits overactive nerve sites while also reducing inflammation. When used in a clinical setting, most patients tolerated ketamine without difficulty. Treatments are usually an intravenous infusion under medical supervision, followed by an at-home maintenance program.
Ketamine Versus Opioids
The goal of any pain treatment is to improve daily function. This is called pain management. Many therapies and medications promise relief but fail to address the root causes in the same way ketamine can. This is especially true of addictive opioid medications. Ketamine is not addictive and does not present the risks associated with opioids.
Who Can Use Ketamine?
If you have tried traditional medications such as over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, antidepressants and anticonvulsants with little relief, ketamine may be able to help you. You can continue to use biofeedback, massage and cognitive behavioral therapy with ketamine infusions for a wholistic treatment plan. Even if biofeedback and CBT have not worked in the past, they may be beneficial once your ketamine has addressed the physical causes of your pain.
A few of the pain conditions ketamine can treat are:
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Migraines and other headaches
- Other chronic musculoskeletal pain
If you would like to discuss how ketamine can help reduce your chronic pain, contact the Ketamine Healing Clinic of Los Angeles today.
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